Jamshedpur : The dawn to dusk bandh called by the JVM (D) party in favour of fly over in the city invoked mixed response in the city with shops and commercial places remaining closed for the day in some areas and minor affect on the transportation.
Party activists hit the streets early morning and headed towards different areas raising slogans they tried to stop some of the public transport. In order to prevent the bandh activists from untoward incident the police arrested more than 100 JVM activists this morning and released them later in the evening.
Moreover a majority of the English medium schools were closed as bandh activists forced most of the school management to announce holiday to the students even before the day’s session got off.
“Though it was Saturday today but still we conduct some extra classes for senior students but in order to prevent any scuffle with the party activists we declared holiday today,” said a principal.
The commercial buses and auto rickshaws were off the road for most part of the day and inter state passenger buses left the city on marginal scale.
Senior leader Abhay Singh described the day’s bandh as a complete success. “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,” he noted.
Barring stray incidents of smashing of glasses of some vehicles including a bus in Mango, the bandh was peaceful and spontaneous, official sources said.
Singh warned that if immediate steps were not taken to improve the situation, no investors will come to Jharkhand.
Another leader said that the present situation is due to increase in crime and criminal activities which can be controlled with general positive consciousness and mind set of the local people to fight against it and give support to administration.
He said that East Singhbhum is fast developing due to it’s proximity with the mineral rich area. This has seen a massive influx of population from all over the country. This also brings in the bad and rogue elements with it.
Law and order is becoming an issue of concern.