A bandh brought life to a standstill between dawn and dusk at Gudalur, Pandhalur and their surroundings on Thursday.

Responding to a call given by the Federation of Tamils to condemn the Kerala government’s stand in the Mullaiperiyar issue and the violence unleashed on Tamils in Kerala practically all the commercial establishments including hotels downed their shutters.

Mini buses, jeeps, taxies etc did not ply. While there was some movement of vehicles on the Gudalur-Karnataka side, there was absolutely no traffic on the Gudalur-Kerala side.

Within the Gudalur and Pandhalur taluks buses of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) ran with very few passengers.

However educational institutions, government offices, banks etc functioned as usual.

Speaking to The Hindu, the Superintendent of Police, Nilgiris S. Nizamuddin said that adequate number of police personnel had been deployed to maintain law and order. Security was tight at places vulnerable to violence.

No untoward incidents were reported from any part of the two taluks.

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