Educational institutions and businesses were shut on the Teachers Day across Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, as sporadic skirmishes marred a day-long general strike sponsored by the Congress to demand a CBI probe into Professor HS Sabharwal's death in Ujjain last week.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions, barring government-run, remained closed in response to the bandh call as the rest of the country celebrated the Teachers Day.
However, there was hardly any attendance in government-run schools as students stayed away apprehending trouble.
Commercial centres and market places in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and other places in the state wore a deserted look as Congress activists, shouting slogans against state authorities, mobilised support for the shutdown.
They fanned out across the state asking shop owners to down shutters as senior party leaders including Digvijay Singh and Jyotirditya Scinda addressed a public meeting in Ujjain.
Congress leaders and workers accused the ruling BJP in the state of trying to shield those responsible for the Professor's death on August 26 during a college union election.
Government offices also reported thin attendence while several banks opened after noon. Stray incidents of skirmishes between ABVP supporters, opposing closure of shops, and NSU (I) activists in Jabalpur and adjoining areas were reported.
"Apart from some skirmishes, the bandh was peaceful as elaborate security arrangements were made," IGP (Law and Order) A K Soni said.