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Bharat Bandh in Jamshedpur evokes lukewarm response with stray incidents of skirmish

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Jamshedpur: The Bharat Bandh called by Congress and other opposition parties evoked mixed response in the city and the district. Police security saw the bandh supporters being taken under preventive custody soon after they came out at major roundabouts to enforce bandh across the city. In several places, the bandh supporters led by JMM and Congress party also indulged in skirmish with shopkeepers.  

Cheapest mode of conveyance, private town buses, remained off the road till evening. The city roads wore a deserted view as shops, other commercial establishments and petrol pumps etc. remained closed in downtown Jugsalai, Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri and other areas during the bandh. The other essential services remained open.

 “Not a single damage to private or government property has been reported from anywhere in the district. The bandh was entirely peaceful. Due to effective planning we were able to take bandh supporters under preventive custody, as soon as they gathered to enforce bandh,” said a police official.

 “The bandh was total and peaceful with support from all sections of the society. Small and medium traders across the city kept their shops shut in response to the bandh. We have received good responses for the bandh as traders have joined calls to support the one-day bandh. Major markets of grain, fruits and vegetables, onion remained shut,” said a Congress leader.

All India Sikh Students Federation Eastern India Unit president Satnam Singh Gambhir also came out in support of bandh. He said that the farmers  of the country cannot become a pawn. They have come to the streets to get their rights. He assured the farmers that the people of the whole country and the world are with them.

“ It is really sad that the government wants to demolish the government procurement system of Punjab and Haryana to benefit its capitalists. According to him, farmers from Bihar and Jharkhand have suffered a loss of Rs 1000 per quintal in order to sell the corn crop. There is no friendly leader of farmers in Bihar Jharkhand, this is the reason why the voice of the farmer there is not being heard,” said Gambhir.

He has appealed to the central government to shun arrogant posture and listen to the farmers of the country. He appealed to the President to direct the government that by convening a joint session of Parliament, the amended Agricultural law be removed.

Meanwhile, some shops remained closed in Bistupur, Sakchi and other market areas during the morning hours, later they opened. Incidentally, on Tuesday, shops in Sakchi, Bistupur and elsewhere usually remain open in the morning hours. All shops remain closed in the evening.

A senior functionary of Jharkhand Bus Owners Association Upendra Sharma said, ” The turnout of passengers for various destinations including Ranchi was less today. People avoided travelling because of the bandh call,” said Sharma, adding that ticket sales for various destinations registered a 40-50 per cent drop.

Police deployment was made at strategic locations to prevent any untowards incident. Highway patrolling has intensified since morning. Jharkhand Armed Police personnel were pressed on the National Highway-33 for patrolling between Dimna Chowk to Barabanki, a stretch of about 12 Kms.

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