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Vandalism during opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh

The BJP hit out at the Opposition, particularly the Congress over instances of vandalism that occured in different parts of the country today during the opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh, endangering the lives of innocent people. On the death of a 2-year-old girl who breathed her last on her way to a hospital in Bihar’s  Jehanabad because the roads were allegedly blocked by agitators, the BJP asked who is responsible for her death.

BJP blamed the opposition for resorting to violence, saying that only peaceful protests are legitimate in a democracy.

At several places in Bihar and Maharashtra, trains were stopped, causing massive inconvenience to commuters.

Public buses and cars were vandalised at several places, including Patna.

A school bus that was plying children to school was attacked by agitators in Pune.

A scuffle broke out between police and protesters in Bhopal.

The bandh had no impact largely in several states.

Shops and offices remained open in majority of the places across the length and breadth in India.

At some places however, these establishments were forcibly closed.

The bandh may have been unsuccessful but people faced trouble in the affected areas.

BJP termed the bandh a flop show. On the rising prices of fuel, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the govt stands with the people and will resolve the issue.

On the one hand, while the govt is stating its commitment to resolving the issue of rising fuel prices, the violence during the bandh has caused misery to people.

In Mumbai, BEST buses and yellow-black taxis functioned as usual, except some places like Chembur. Metro Service disrupted, but resumed within a short span of time. Overall minimal impact.

The Congress party has called for a Bharat Bandh in protest of rising fuel prices across the country. Most of the opposition parties have joined the protests too. However, the protests have not been peaceful in many cities and workers of several political parties have been indulging in vandalism, violence and disruptions. In several places protesters have reportedly vandalized shops and block trains.

In Pune, a school bus has also been reportedly targeted by protesting workers and has been damaged. People on social media have condemned such acts and have openly expressed that political protests should not target innocents.

Andhra Pradesh Govt reduces petrol and diesel prices by Rs. 2. Reduced rates to come into effect from tomorrow morning. This was announced by Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu in the Assembly on Monday.

In Goa, Congress not observed shutdown to avoid inconvenience to public due to ganesh festivities.

State transport buses off roads in Bengaluru. Loss of over 21 crores to state govt. Schools colleges closed. Mangalore had some stone throwing incidents. Section 144 imposed in Udupi, and  Manipal in Karnataka after scuffle between BJP and Congress workers during bandh.

No disruption in Mizoram due to bandh, all schools, markets, govt offices are functioning as usual.

In Assam, Bharat bandh evoked mixed response.  Private buses were off the road. Shops, markets affected. Services of 8 trains affected up-to 10.00 am, however ,became normal after 10 am. Offices functioned normally with thin attendance.

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