New Delhi: Traders’ body CAIT has called for a nationwide trade shutdown on Monday to express solidarity with the families of security personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack, which claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

In a statement, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. In Delhi, all wholesale and retail markets will observe bandh on February 18.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said during the bandh traders would observe a daylong fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states.

He said the body is planning to organise substantial financial assistance which will be directly given by traders to the families of martyrs.

Traders in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and other states will participate in the trade bandh on February 18.

“In the wake of China supporting Pakistan, the CAIT has decided to launch a national campaign to boycott Chinese goods,” the traders’ body said.

It said the Bharat Trade Bandh across the country will be peaceful and only business establishments will remain closed. Essential items and public transport have been kept out of bandh.

In Delhi prominent markets including Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, Kashmiri Gate, Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar etc will be closed, CAIT said.

Nagaland trade bodies – Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI), the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the East Dimapur Business Association (EDBA) and the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) – have extended support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’.

They have directed their members to observe a half day ‘shutter down’ from morning till 12 noon on Monday to express solidarity with the nation and families of the martyrs in the Pulwama attack in Jammu & Kashmir.