Bandh call evokes good response in Jaipur
Major markets in the pink city remained closed for half day today in support of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.jaipur Updated: Aug 18, 2011 13:58 IST
Major markets in the pink city remained closed for half day today in support of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
The half-day bandh call given by the local traders' body and different social groups evoked good response, officials said.
The entire market area inside the walled city remained closed till noon and traders and their family members came out on streets in Hazare's support.
Holding flags, children, women and men shouted slogans and walked through every market in form of a rally which started from Badi Chaupad and covered every area, including famous Johri Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Kishanpol Bazar and other markers inside the walled city.
"The rally of traders covered 17 markets. It was a half day shut down till noon," said Anand Meherwal, a representative of the traders body.
Various other groups in different parts of the city were also seen taking out march and holding peaceful protests against corruption and in support of Anna Hazare.
Laxman Singh, a representative of'Jago Janta Society' said that their relay strike continued at the Ambedkar circle.
Several schools also supported the bandh and students were sent back home in recess.
Soni, Jaipur police commissioner, said that additional police personnel were deployed in the city in view of security and no untoward incident took place during bandh and protest.
"The protest is going on at different locations in the city in peaceful manner. Everything is in order and there is no report of any untoward incident from anywhere so far," he said.