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Bandh partial, peaceful in city

Posted on 09-Feb-2018

Bandh partial, pe...
Agitators hold demonstrations at several places seeking a fair deal to State.

The bandh call given by the Left parties to protest against the raw deal meted out to the State in the Union Budget evoked mixed response in the city on Thursday. Activists of the CPI, CPI(M), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Congress, Jana Sena Party (JSP) and other parties and representatives of various organisations gathered at different areas and staged protests.

They demonstrated seeking Special Category Status (SCS) to AP and an announcement on the railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam among other things. The police diverted the traffic through alternative routes as the bandh enforcers squatted at the main junctions like Jagadamba and Maddilapalem raising slogans against the Centre.

With the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) withdrawing buses as a precautionary measure, the main roads in the city were free from traffic and private vehicles and auto rickshaws moved freely.

The railway authorities deployed Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel in large numbers at the Visakhapatnam Railway Station to prevent any untoward incident in view of the bandh.

Traffic jam

A long traffic jam, extending up to a few kilometers, was seen on the National Highway (NH-16) at Hanumanthawaka junction as activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) staged a protest at the junction in the morning. The police arrested 90 persons and cleared the traffic.

The trucks going to the industrial areas were stopped by the protesters at Gajuwaka resulting traffic jams. Andhra University suspended classes at the university and its affiliated colleges. Schools and colleges also declared a holiday.

Auto rickshaws did brisk business in the absence of city buses. Most shops downed their shutters at Jagadamba junction and some other areas, but there was partial response in other areas with many shops remaining open.
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