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No bandh-aid for aam aadmi

delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2010 02:08 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Scores of activists from across the political spectrum caused disruptions at major traffic intersections, organised demonstrations at busy metro stations and indulged in sporadic acts of violence, bringing the city to a halt on Monday morning. Daily Ordeal made worse

"Activists started assembling at major traffic intersections and arterial roads, such as Laxmi Nagar, Vikas Marg, ITO, Preet Vihar, Akshardham and Madhuban Chowk, as early as 9 am," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.

BJP cadres blocked traffic, with even ambulances being disallowed from plying on the roads. The Bandh in numbers

Romesh Choudhuri (45), sales executive and resident of Noida said, "BJP workers were blocking traffic and even deflating tyres of vehicles near the Akshardham flyover."

Police said obstructions in traffic were also reported from Lado Sarai, Mahavir Murty towards Gurgaon, Devli More, M.B. Road, Sai Baba Chowk, Rohini and Janakpuri.

"Vehicular movement was affected at Nizamuddin-Ring Road T-point, Tigri Khanpur, Apsara Border, Sindhu Border, Burari Chowk, Khajuri Chowk, Prashant Vihar and Paschim Vihar," the officer said.

According to police, services at the Anand Vihar and Kashmere Gate ISBTs were also affected during rush hour, with entrances being blocked.

"Tyres of 25 other DTC buses were deflated in the locality by protestors, who blocked the nearby Dabri More area. Similar incidents were reported from Hari Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka and Anand Vihar," the officer added.

Delhi Metro hit

Services of the Delhi Metro were also disrupted due to demonstrations outside stations and commotion on tracks. "Protests were witnessed outside the Rajiv Chowk, Karol Bagh, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri East, Uttam Nagar, Patel Nagar and Tagore Garden stations," said a senior DMRC official requesting anonymity.

BJP workers barged into the Rajiv Chowk metro station around 8.30 am and attempted to disrupt services.

"Agitators locked the gates of the Patel Nagar metro station and stopped commuters from entering the facility. However, gates were later opened by officers," police said.

Despite massive police deployment, BJP workers disrupted services at the Tagore Garden metro station on Monday evening.

However, a senior CISF official claimed that the disturbance at the Tagore Garden metro station was contained "in a short span of time."