Reliance Fresh stores forced to down shutters in Orissa

Reliance Fresh stores forced to down shutters in Orissa


Bhubaneswar: Reliance Fresh stores were forced to close by police on 25 September amid protests from traders, almost a repeat of scenes seen in parts of Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi in the last few days.

In a development that could impact Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail’s plans of about Rs3,000 crore to roll out retail and fresh food stores in Orissa, the police asked the management to down shutters after some traders staged protest in front of the stores.

Reliance officials could not be contacted for comments but sources said that company officials were told by authorities yesterday (24 September) to keep their shutters down amid reports of political opposition.

When contacted, police authorities confirmed that the stores were closed after traders started protesting.

In Uttar Pradesh also, Reliance Fresh stores in Noida were forced closed on Saturday in continuance of the state government’s directive to police authorities on the grounds of maintaining law and order.

Last week, traders created scenes outside Reliance Fresh outlets in the national capital, although the outlets were not shut down.