Except closure of shops in some localities, business goes on as usual
HYDERABAD: The Bharat bandh call given by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party evoked little response in the city on Thursday even as stray incidents of pelting stones at RTC buses and attacking shops were reported.
Windscreens of 16 buses were broken at Sultanbazar, Kachiguda, Malakpet, Asifnagar and Golconda while over 300 bandh enforcers were taken into custody in and around the city. Two BJP activists were held for allegedly pelting stones at a shop in Jagdish market in Abids when its owner refused to observe bandh. Tyres of five buses were deflated.
Police resorted to mild lathi-charge and arrested two of the attackers. Except closure of shops in some localities like Malakpet and Dilsukhnagar, the bandh had no effect in the State capital. Some schools declared holiday, while most of them worked. Bus services were reduced in the morning, but restored by afternoon.
Some BJP workers tried to halt a local train at Uppuguda railway station while another batch tried for forcible closure of shops near Charminar. Over 40 persons were taken into custody in this connection.
The effigy of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad was burnt by the bandh enforcers at Mehdipatnam crossroads. Rallies were taken out at Bowenpally, Jubilee Bus Stand, Pan Bazar in Secunderabad and Mehdipatnam RTC bus depot. Activists of the BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal moved in groups appealing to the people to observe bandh. Anticipating trouble, city police posted pickets at several sensitive places from Wednesday night.
No violence was reported from any part of the city.