SHIMOGA: The all-India bandh call given by the Sangh Parivar on Thursday evoked a good response in Shimoga district.
No untoward incidents were reported in any part of the district. Shops and other business establishments in the main market area remained closed while private buses kept off roads. Many people who were not aware of the bandh were put to a lot of inconvenience. Autorickshaws plied in some places. Schools and colleges remained closed.
Tension prevailed on the bypass for some time after some of the shopkeepers refused to heed the bandh call. The police intervened to avert any untoward incident.
Sangh Parivar activists took out a procession from the Ramanna Shetty Park to Gopi Circle where a public meeting was held. Those who spoke at the meeting included the former Shimoga MP Ayanur Manjunath; K.G. Kumaraswamy, Shimoga Rural MLA ; M.B. Bhanu Prakash, State BJP Secretary; Girish Patel, president of the district BJP unit; Municipal Councillors N.J. Rajasekhar and S.N. Channabasappa; district VHP Secretary T.V. Ramachandra, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Pattabhiraman and Bajrang Dal leader Deenadayalu.
They condemned the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir Government to withdraw land allotted to the Amarnath Temple Trust. Protests were staged in all taluk headquarters in the district as part of the bandh.