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    Locked shops confront buyers in Indian market

    GAUHATI, INDIA (AP) – Rows of locked shops confront bargain-hunters for most of the day in Fancy Bazar, a nearly 200-year-old market that offered cheap prices until the pandemic hit Gauhati, the biggest city in India’s remote northeast.

    Lockdown restrictions imposed in April have now been partially eased, but shop owners are struggling to recapture the market’s bustling activity and complain that the 1pm curfew is too early.

    Shoppers seem to prefer evening hours to escape the summer heat. The market is deserted in the afternoon, with no business for the thousands of small and big shops.

    The labyrinth of alleys is crammed with shops selling exotic silk fabrics, handmade toys, cane and bamboo products and home décor. It’s also a wholesale market for rice, lentils, fruits, vegetables, flowers, garments and medicines.

    Gauhati, the Assam state capital, is the main trading hub for India’s eight remote northeastern states with a population of 45 million.

    This combination photo shows locked shops at a market area in Gauhati, India. PHOTO: AP
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