Gloom hung large over the temple city on Teachers' Day on Tuesday as professors of Madhav College paid homage to their colleague HS Sabharwal, who died in violence during the college elections recently, while shopkeepers downed shutters in response to the Congress-sponsored bandh.
A large number of teachers, wearing black bands, also took out a rally from Madhav College, carrying photographs of Sabharwal and observed a two-minutes' silence as a mark of respect to him at Shahid Park.
Former Madhav College principal and Sabharwal's friend, Shiv Sharma, told reporters that the deceased was one of the founder members of Vidyarti Parishad, which was later renamed Akhil Bharaiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Ironically, ABVP activists were being accused of assaulting Sabharwal, after the student union elections were cancelled, leading to his death on August 26, he said.
The teachers described it as a black chapter in one of the state's oldest colleges, instituted in 1890.
The bandh called by Congress, demanding arrest of the accused, evoked response from residents and businessmen as markets remained closed since morning, and public vehicles kept away from city roads, while essential services were kept outside the purview of the bandh.
Meanwhile, some teachers of Lokmanya school felicitated their colleague and ABVP leader Shashiranjan Akela, who alongwith Vimal Tomar was arrested for murder, school president D Natu said.
Akela was also felicitated in the jail by BJP workers, led by city party president Shiva Kotwani, sources said.