Staff Correspondent

KOLAR: In response to an all-India bandh call given by various Left and other parties, Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) observed a bandh on Tuesday against the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities. Barring an incident of stone throwing, the bandh was total and peaceful, according to the organisers.

Communist Party of India (Marxist), Janata Dal (Secular), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Telugu Desam Party units in Kolar Gold Fields supported the bandh. Besides demanding effective measures to contain price rise, the parties demanded a roll back in prices of petrol, diesel and fertilizer.

The town wore a deserted look as all shops and government offices remained closed. Transportation to neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh was hit badly as buses remained off the road. Autorickshaws and two-wheelers too did not ply.

In the other parts of Kolar district the call evoked a lukewarm response. Though CPI(M) activists took part in picketing at the post office in Kolar on April 8 on the same issue, Left parties failed to come to the streets on Tuesday in large numbers.