Hooliganism, eve-teasing mar SP stir
SAMAJWADI PARTY?S State-wide bandh call turned out to be an ugly show as hooliganism and violent protest ruled the roost here today. Clashes between shopkeepers and SP workers, pelting of stones, eve-teasing, damaging of property and blockade of busy crossings all over the city, were also reported.india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 00:00 IST
Protestors clash with shopkeepers while cops look the other way
SAMAJWADI PARTY’S State-wide bandh call turned out to be an ugly show as hooliganism and violent protest ruled the roost here today. Clashes between shopkeepers and SP workers, pelting of stones, eve-teasing, damaging of property and blockade of busy crossings all over the city, were also reported.
The situation became tense when hundreds of hooligans of the SP tried to enter the Mega Shopping-Mall at Mall Road. But the timely closing of the gates by the private security guards deployed at the Mall thwarted the attempts of SP workers.
Enraged over the closing of gates, a section of the SP workers started pelting stones at the shopping mall. Such was the intensity of stones being pelted by the SP workers that several window -panes of Pizza Hut, situated within the shopping mall were broken. This created panic among staff members of Pizza Hut and they had to rush out to save themselves from the stones being thrown by SP workers.
The incident created panic on the entire Mall Road and shopkeepers pulled down their shutters to save themselves from the ire of SP workers. Within few minutes the entire Mall Road wore a deserted look
Then the mob moved ahead and blocked the busy Phoolbagh crossing and forced the closure of all shops at Birhana Road and Ram Narayan Bazar. The hooligans also damaged a sweet house at Birhana Road. At Meghdoot crossing, windowpanes of a private bank-ING Vaisya- were also damaged by the unruly SP workers. Later, they blocked the busy Badachauraha crossing. However, the situation once again turned ugly when the mob tried to enforce the bandh at Shivala Market and started misbehaving with women. When the shopkeepers opposed, SP workers started pelting stones. In retaliation shopkeepers also started pelting stones.
At Meston Road market incidents of brick-batting between shopkeepers and SP workers was also reported. At Nayaganj market SP workers tried to create panic by exploding a cracker. A fight between shopkeepers and SP workers was also reported from the commercial hub of the city- Gumti Market. While at Nandlal Chauraha, Govind Nagar another fight broke out between tempo drivers and SP workers.
Besides, SP workers also blocked GT Road and Lucknow-Kanpur highway and the busy Naubasta bypass.
Strangely, police force though heavily deployed at several crossings and intersections, remained mute spectators at most places. Interestingly, at several places, the police force also ensured closure of shops on the pretext of maintaining law and order in the city.
Bandh a failure: JD(U)
THE STATEWIDE bandh call given by the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday in protest against hike in the prices of consumer goods including petroleum products, was a complete failure, according to Janata Dal (United) city president Pradeep Yadav and general secretary RD Singh. However, people had to face misbehavior from SP workers, they said.
The leaders stated that SP activists tried to enforce closure of the markets and misbehaved with people including women. They further said if Mulayam government was genuinely worried about the price hike, it should decrease the sales tax on the commodities.