Jamshedpur : The dawn-to-dusk Opposition led statewide bandh in protest against Barkagaon and Khunti firing incidents, evoked partial response in the steel city. While shops in the three main markets –Sakchi, Bistupur and Golmuri remained closed, elsewhere they remained opened.
According to information, a total of 1,079 preventive arrests of various local Opposition leaders and activists were made by police.
JVM ‘s central secretary Abhay Singh who was arrested in Sakchi said that bandh called to protest against the state government over the firing incidents in Barkagaon and Khunti ,was a complete success.
About 4,000 activists of various Opposition parties including JVM, Congress, RJD, CPI and other Left parties hit the streets to enforce the bandh in steel city. * Shops in three commercial hubs–Sakchi, Bistupur and Golmuri- remained closed.
JVM activists led by party’s central secretary Abhay Singh took out a rally in Sakchi, Golmuri and Bhalubasa where they burnt tyres while enforcing the bandh. Private buses and JNNURM-sponsored city buses stayed off the road. More than 100 long distance buses to Ranchi and other destinations did not ply.
All trains left Tatanagar railway station as per schedule. As The railways took appropriate measures for the safety and security of passengers. Heavy deployment of both Railway Protection Force ( RPF) and Government Railway Police ( GRP) was made at the Tatanagar railway station.
While majority of the private english medium schools including Loyola, Rajendra Vidyalaya and Motilal Nehru Public School remained opened a few cradles like ADLS Sunshine, J H Tarapore and RVS Academy ( Mango) remained closed.
The bus terminus also wore a deserted look as long distance government and private buses stayed off the road. Several passengers had to cancel their trips.
JVM leader said : “We struggled for the formation of a separate state and are proud to be in a state with the richest mineral reserves. But owing to central norms, the state cannot utilize its own resources. Several thousand people have already expressed their willingness to join the movement.”
He accused the Narendra Modi government of dividing the country on communal lines and also widening wealth inequality among the industrialists and the common man.
“The best part of the bandh was that people voluntarily kept their shops closed. All sections of the society have cooperated in making the bandh successful. This only goes to show that people are in support of our drive against injustice. We are really very thankful to the people at large,” noted a JMM member.