Vehicular movement was disrupted as the RJD-sponsored dawn-to-dusk Bihar bandh supported by almost all opposition parties to protest the attack on journalists by a ruling JD(U) MLA and his accomplices began on Friday morning.
In the state capital, most private schools declared a holiday in view of the shutdown. Movement of vehicles was disrupted as bandh supporters blocked Mahatma Gandhi Bridge, the vital link between north and south Bihar, reports said.
A large number of bandh supporters descended on the streets of the capital blocking traffic at several places including the busy Dakbungalow road crossing.
Shops and business establishments in major thoroughfares were also closed. Official sources, however, claimed that attendance in government offices was near normal.
There were reports of disruption of traffic at several places on National Highway 28 between Muzaffarpur and Motihari.
Train and air services, hospitals, medicine shops and essential services like power and water supply have been kept out of the purview of the bandh which has been supported by the Congress, LJP, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), BSP and Samata party.
A reporter of TV news channel NDTV 24x7 Prakash Singh and cameraperson Habib Ali were assaulted when they had gone to take the MLA Anant Singh's reaction to the alleged rape and suspected murder of a woman.
The journalist of a TV news agency ANI, Ajay Kumar was also beaten up by the MLA and his men when he along with some others rushed to Singh's residence on Mall Road on receiving the news of assault on the NDTV journalists.