Near total bandh in Gujarat
Gujarat witnessed a near total bandh in the stir against price rise by BJP and opposition parties, putting common people in a spot as schools, colleges, business establishment, courts remained closed while sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some districts.india Updated: Jul 05, 2010 17:34 IST
Gujarat witnessed a near total bandh in the stir against price rise by BJP and opposition parties, putting common people in a spot as schools, colleges, business establishment, courts remained closed while sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some districts.
Public transport bus services were disrupted in all the major cities, leaving commuters stranded on the first day of the week.
The state BJP, which is also the ruling party, has also included the issue of misuse of CBI by the Centre as one of the reasons of the bandh, BJP sources said.
Security at the CBI office in Gandhinagar, where its team is inquiring into the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was tightened, a police official said.
Scores of BJP workers thronged the streets to enforce the bandh in various cities of the state.
Showing support to the cause, the Gujarat High Court Bar Association today passed a resolution in support of the nation-wide bandh on price rise, following which the proceeding at the High Court were stopped for the day, he said.
In Rajkot, around 20 CPM workers were detained after they blocked road traffic in Trikon Baugh area of the city, police said.
Some BJP workers also vandalised the Jubilee road branch of Bank of India and the office of Saurashtra-Kutch Stock Exchange, authorities in Rajkot said.
In the diamond city of Surat, there were couple of incidents of violence and stone pelting in Chowk Bazar area and attack on some autorickshaws were reported, police said.
The Surat Textile market had its shutter down, while city buses were stopped by BJP workers at various locations.
A minor incident of stone pelting on police took place in Vapi industrial area of Valsad when some BJP workers tried to shut shops forcibly.
According to Valsad Superintendent of Police D J Patel no one was injured in the incident.
Education was hit in Ahmedabad as schools and colleges remained closed in most parts of the city. Some college exams were also postponed owing to the bandh call, officials in the education department said.
Public transport -- autorickshaws, city and inter-state bus services as also the Bus Rapid Transit System remained off the roads.
The delivery of goods in city was adversely impacted as over 40,000 trucks remained off roads, Akhil Gujarat Truck Transporter Association (AGTTA) secretary Mukesh Dave said.
"Close to 1,200 offices of the transport companies in Ahmedabad remained closed today. No fresh bookings were done today. The pre-loaded vehicles were moving as per scheduled, but no fresh movement was reported," Dave said.
In Vadodara, schools, colleges, business establishment and petrol pumps remained closed and the stock exchange was also forced to shut down its operations, officials said.
However, in Banaskantha, Amreli and Anand districts there was mixed response to the bandh as many of the business establishments and shops remained operational but educational institutes in these districts remained closed.
In Jamnagar, too there was a complete bandh observed in n the city with all schools, colleges and business establishments remaining closed.
First Published: Jul 05, 2010 14:19 IST