Barring a stray incident of a few persons throwing stones at a North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation bus, the Bellary bandh called by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in protest against the police lathi-charge and handcuffing of its activists and demanding a thorough inquiry into the harassment of a student by the warden of a private residential school hostel that had allegedly led to the student’s suicide, passed off peacefully on Tuesday.
All shops and business establishments, including cinema halls, hotels and restaurants, schools and colleges and banks, remained closed.
Although buses were off the road, autorickshaws and other private vehicles plied as usual.
The ABVP activists took out a motorcycle rally and formed a human chain at Gadagi Chennappa Circle here.
The parents of the student who had committed suicide also participated.
Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas, who came to receive the memorandum, assured the activists that an inquiry would be conducted. He said that he was still awaiting a report from the Deputy Director of PU Education on the suicide. Based on the report, action would be initiated against the guilty.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements.