Punjab bandh: Shops across Doaba region shut, lukewarm response seen in other parts of state - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Punjab bandh: Shops across Doaba region shut, lukewarm response seen in other parts of state

By, , Vishal Joshi, , Jalandhar/amritsar/ Bathinda/sangrur
Aug 09, 2023 02:21 PM IST

In the Doaba region, which includes Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts, most commercial establishments remained shut and market areas wore a deserted look. The transportation facilities, however, saw no impact.

The Punjab bandh call given by different unions in wake of the Manipur violence received an overwhelming response from the Doaba region, where market associations decided to keep their shutters down, on Wednesday, though a lukewarm response was seen other parts of the state.

Protestors blocking the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road near Rama Mandi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Protestors blocking the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road near Rama Mandi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

In the Doaba region, which includes Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts, most commercial establishments remained shut and market areas wore a deserted look. The transportation facilities, however, saw no impact.

Hindustan Times - your fastest source for breaking news! Read now.

Most private schools also remained shut in Jalandhar district as a precautionary measure.

While no blockades were reported on the Delhi-Amritsar national highway, protesters blocked the approach roads at Rama Mandi Chowk and Lamma Pind square. Protesters also blocked the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur roads, besides the Kapurthala Chowk, Maqsudan bypass and Ravidas Chowk.

A security person stands guard outside a shop in Amritsar amid the bandh call. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
A security person stands guard outside a shop in Amritsar amid the bandh call. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Complete shutdown in Amritsar

While Amritsar city observed a complete shutdown with almost all main markets, including Hall Bazaar, Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar and those in the vicinity of the Golden Temple, remaining shut, other parts of the Majha region showed a lukewarm response.

Other services including transport, banking, health, government services, however, continued as normal. While some schools decided to exempt junior class students from attending classes for the day, most schools remained open.

While the towns of Amritsar district observed a partial bandh, Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Batala showed a mixed response. Here, shopkeepers decided to bring shutters down if protests erupt.

In the Tarn Taran district, the bandh call failed to have any impact with almost all commercial establishments remaining open.

In most parts of the south Malwa region, except Ferozepur district, a lukewarm response was seen to the bandh call.

Private commercial establishments and all educational institutes remained open in Bathinda, Faridkot, Fazilka and other parts of the belt.

As per information, bus and train services in the region also remained unaffected till 10.30 am.

Ferozepur, which is located on the India-Pakistan border, witnessed an overwhelming response, where all markets remained closed since morning and several private school managements also declared an off for students.

There was no input of any attempt to disrupt the public transport or the highways.

In Sangrur and Barnala districts, the impact of the bandh call was hardly visible and normalcy prevailed. The Moonak Bar Association, however, extended support to the strike.

AK Joshi, president of the Moonak bar association, said the meeting of executive committee was held on Wednesday and it was unanimously resolved that bar association Moonak will observe a “No work day” on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, heavy police deployment was made in all parts of the state to ensure law-and-order amid the bandh.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Navrajdeep Singh is a senior staff correspondent. He covers agriculture, crime, local bodies, health and education in the Patiala district of Punjab.

  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Surjit Singh is a correspondent. He covers politics and agriculture, besides religious affairs and Indo-Pak border in Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Harmandeep Singh is staff Correspondent and have specialisation in investigative reporting. He covers Punjab politics, mining, crime, school education, health, medical education, administration, labour department, brain-drain and rural areas besides burning issues of Sangrur and Barnala districts.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, March 03, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On