Bandh throws normal life out of gear in Vid

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 09:50:14


The Hitavada Bureau


THE ‘bandh’ called by Dalit organisations to protest against the Bhima-Koregaon incident on Wednesday evoked huge response in most cities and towns of Vidarbha with most commercial establishments and school, colleges remaining closed on Wednesday. Normal life was thrown completely out of gear due to the bandh and tension prevailed as crowds of people moved shouting slogans. Though the bandh remained largely peaceful, a few incidents of stone pelting, vandalism, burning of tyres etc were reported from many places.

AMRAVATI: The ‘bandh’ evoked good response in Amravati bringing normal life to a halt. All business establishments, shops, schools and colleges remained closed on Wednesday. State Transport bus service remained closed causing problems to passengers. The ‘bandh’ remained largely peaceful except for some stone pelting incidents. Tension erupted at Jawahar Gate as traders set afire three two-wheelers of the agitators when they tried to vandalise the shops.

WARDHA: The ‘bandh’ also received good response in Wardha district with traders keeping their establishments closed. Educational institutions too remained shut. In Wardha, a grand ‘morcha’ was organised to the District Collectorate. ST bus services remained totally paralysed. In Samudrapur, students who were waiting for buses to move at the Bus Stand were later sent to their homes in 11 buses with cops escorting them to ensure their safety. Parents of the students thanked the Police Department for timely help.
CHANDRAPUR: Services in Chandrapur district remained paralysed from dawn to dusk on Wednesday. The protestors ransacked the office of Nana Shamkule, MLA and office of ‘Deshonnati’, a Marathi newspaper agency. Hundreds of protestors gathered and burnt tyres at different locations and blocked the road. The protestors also tried to stop the train traffic but cops reached the spot soon enough and disbursed the agitators. Educational institutions, business establishments, except medical emergency services, remained closed.

AKOLA: Incidents of stone pelting and vandalism were reported at many government, public and private offices and shops in the district on Wednesday afternoon. Amid tight police bandobast, Bhimsainiks thronged at different squares in the city from early morning. Soon the gathering converted into a big morcha that started from one main square of the city to the other. During the morcha, activists often turned violent asking shops, offices, hotels and ATMs to close at different places in the city. The angry mob pelted stone on a hotel at Sindhi camp area, damaged an ATM at Kaulkhed, broke window panes and show cases of many shops and offices in the city. An incident of stone pelting was reported at a bus near village Borgaon Manju.

GONDIA: Gondia too remained complete closed due to the bandh which was largely peaceful. Police Department had made adequate arrangements to avoid untoward incidents. In the morning, a motorcycle rally was taken out in city raising slogans against the government and condemning the incident. All establishments, small kiosks, educational institutions remained closed.

WASHIM: The ‘bandh’ observed in Washim evoked good response. Business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed. Activists of Ambedkari organizations staged ‘Rasta Roko’ at different places on the Highways and disrupted traffic at different places. Stone pelting was reported from many places in which glasses and window panes of three to four ST buses coming from outstations and trucks were broken. Bandh was also observed at Malegaon, Riosd , Manora , Karanja and Mangrulpir.

YAVATMAL: The bandh evoked good response in Yavatmal. Business establishments, shcools colleges remaining closed. Following incidents of stone pelting on Tuesday, the bus services remained closed on Wednesday causing grave inconvenience to people. People gathered at near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue. Women stage ‘dharna’ on the road affecting the vehicular traffic. Police had kept tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident.

BULDANA: The bandh evoked cent percent response in Buldana with most traders keeping their establishments closed. Schools and colleges too remained closed. As bus services too remained shut, people faced grave inconvenience. Incidents of vandalism were reported from Chikhli where the protestors entered shops and abused citizens.

GADCHIROLI: Workers of different organisations assembled at Indira Square and shouted slogans.The workers moved in the city on motorbikes appealing shopkeepers to down
their shutters.