The day-long bandh called by the BJP and other parties protesting against the hike in petroleum prices was near total and largely peaceful in Madhya Pradesh barring a few incidents when protesters forcibly tried to stop couple of trains.
In Jabalpur division, Howrah-Mumbai mail was stopped by protestors for about 15 minutes at Shridham station while Damoh-Kota passenger was also stopped for a few minutes at Sagar by the BJP workers, railway sources said.
The bandh was peaceful in Bhopal division where markets wore a deserted look. Except essential services, like milk booths and medicine shops, rest of the business establishments remained closed.
Bhopal Divisional Commissioner, Manoj Shrivastava said the bandh was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the division.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj claimed at a press conference earlier in the day that people supported the bandh on their own as they are angry with the hike in the prices of petroleum products and rising inflation.
In Indore, a water-tanker belonging to Congress MLA, Ashwin Joshi was damaged by bandh supporters while flower-pots at a factory at Umariakhedi village were broken by protestors when they found it open despite the bandh call.
The BJP leaders including Indore city unit president, Shankar Lalwani took a ride on a bullock-cart and horses stating that if the petrol prices continue to rise, people will have no option but to rely on these two modes of transport.
The bandh was peaceful in Ratlam, Additional Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Vyas said.
The protesting CPM workers in Morena stopped narrow-guage trains at Kailaras for nearly two-hours.