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No mask, no vegetables: vendors

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, April 23 - Stepping up efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, traders in Agartala have asserted that they would not sell items to customers who flout social distancing norms or visit their shops without putting on masks.

At the Maharaj Ganj market, a wholesale mart for vegetables here, a display board has been put up, stating that customers without masks would not be entertained.

Nakul Das, a member of the Maharaj Ganj Bazaar Sabzee Byabsayi Samiti, said, �Wholesalers and retailers have decided that they will strictly abide by the norms laid down by the Government. No exceptions will be made.�

Gouranga Pal, a vegetable vendor, said he has turned down requests of several customers over the past few days as they �refused to follow social distancing norms�.

�We have decided to sell our products only to those who maintain safe distance and wait for their turns patiently. It makes our work easier,� he said. Similar measures have also been taken by vendors in Battala and Lake Chowmuhani market.

Police and Tripura State Rifles personnel have been deployed at all marketplaces to prevent crowding. Petrol pumps across the city have also adopted the �no mask, no fuel� policy.

Debabrata Ghosh, manager of the Radhanagar Petrol Pump here, said, �We are just adhering to the decision taken by the All India Petroleum Dealers Association, which has 84 per cent of all fuel dealers in the country registered with them. Accordingly, we have also launched a campaign and asked the dealers to sensitise people about the importance of wearing masks.� � PTI

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