Stray incidents of violence mar Bihar bandh
Road and rail traffic was disrupted on Monday amidst widespread incidents of stone pelting and clashes during the day-long Bihar bandh called by opposition parties to protest Saturday’s police firing in Madhubani district.patna Updated: Oct 16, 2012 15:25 IST
Road and rail traffic was disrupted on Monday amidst widespread incidents of stone pelting and clashes during the day-long Bihar bandh called by opposition parties to protest Saturday’s police firing in Madhubani district.
Police said over 25,000 persons were taken into preventive custody throughout Bihar who included RJD chief Lalu Prasad, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, CPI-ML leader Ramjatan Sharma and Kunal, besides opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddique, Ram Kripal Yadav, Ramchandra Purvey and dozens of other leaders.
The parties supporting the state-wide shutdown included the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party as well as the Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML).
Reports from districts said dozens of trains were blocked and trucks and buses were off the road as opposition workers blocked railway tracks and forcibly stopped trains at various stations to enforce the shutdown. Trucks, buses and private vehciles too remained off the road in the state, police said.
Trains were forcibly stopped at major railway stations like Patna, Ara, Gaya, Madhubani, Jainagar and Darbhanga, police said. According to ECR zone officials in Hajipur, about 20 km from here, thousands of passengers were stranded at various railway stations.
All private schools and colleges in the city remained closed in view of the strike.
Additional director general (police headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said additional police forces were deployed in several areas to avoid any untoward incident during the shutdown.
First Published: Oct 16, 2012 15:21 IST