Bandh is being observed in Leh and adjoining towns to protest against the terrorist attack at Bodh Gaya on Sunday. The bandh is also being observed in Buddhist dominated Zanskar area of Kargil district. All commercial and educational institutions are closed and people are holding protest march.
“The bandh is complete and peaceful. There has been no report of any untoward incident till now. The administration has beefed up security at important religious sites, “ deputy commissioner Leh Simrandeep Singh told HT.
The bandh was also observed on Sunday.
Nine serial blasts in coordinated terror attack rocked Buddhist pilgrimage town on Bodh Gaya and its famed Mahabodhi temple on Sunday injuring two monks.
“Bodh Gaya is like Mecca for every Buddhist. We are shocked and anguished over this attack. People not only strongly condemn it but want a thorough and fair probe in it it,” said N Namgyal MLA Nubra
Leh is the only Buddhist majority district of the State with about 1.5 lakh population. Zanskar in neighbouring muslim dominated Kargil district has an additional 25,000 buddhist population.
The bandh has evoked widespread response with people from even different communities joining in the protest.
The bandh has though affected tourists as all commercial establishments are closed and vehicles movements not allowed. Administration has made special arrangements to take back passengers from Leh airport as flights from Delhi could not land because of the bad weather.
Till now about 50,000 tourists had visited Leh.
Leh is the only part the State which has remained unaffected by the terrorism.