Mumbai: After being successively hit by terror strikes, the business community of the financial capital of the country has asked the government to spend at least half of the taxpayer’s money on enhancing internal security.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Home Minister, the traders wrote: “We pay tax and want the government to spend half of our tax money on the common man’s and traders’ security. There is no worth of our life. The traders of the city are badly affected by the regular terrorist strikes. This time too terrorists have targeted trade areas and Zaveri Bazar in Mumbai. We demand 24 hour security for the crowded trade hotspots.”

Viren Shah, Chairman, Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association of Zaveri Bazar said, “It’s very said that Zaveri Bazar has been targeted thrice by terrorists and there is no surety of our safety in future too. We want strict action against the terrorists to prevent such tragic incidents in future.”

The July 13 serial blasts ahead of the month of Ramzan have hit the trade in the city hard with an estimated loss of more than Rs 100 crore. The traders from other states have returned due to the fear of security.

(JPN/Bureau)