Total bandh in Goa, Shiv Sena leader arrested
Even as Goa observed complete bandh on Monday as a part of nationwide protest against fuel price hike, police arrested two persons, including state Shiv Sena chief Upendra Gaonkar, for alleged unlawful activities.
Superintendent of Police (North) Arvind Gauns told PTI this morning that Gaonkar was arrested at Assnora village, 30 kms away from Panaji.
"He along with other group were deflating the tyres of the tanker," Gauns said, adding, a local panchayat member has also been arrested for "unlawful activity".
Goa observed 100 per cent bandh as besides call for strike against spiralling prices of essential commodities and fuel hike, the private bus operators had also resorted for strike seeking hike in the ticket fare.
All the major markets in the state remained closed since morning.
Police confirmed that stray incidents of stone pelting were reported at Borim village 50 kms away from here.
State government-owned Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) operated its full strength of 370 buses today to make up for the absence of private buses on all the routes.
"We are running full strength under police protection," KTCL Chairman Dipak Dhavalikar told PTI.
The schools were hit with major absenteeism as even school buses remained off the road, fearing violence.