Special Correspondent

PANAJI: The bandh call given by Hindu organisations on Monday to protest against the “failure” of the Goa Government to prevent incidents of desecration of places of worship in the State, evoked a good response with shops and establishments remaining closed.

Life was affected in most parts of the State with public transport services paralysed, except for State-owned Kadamba Transport corporation buses.

The bandh call was given by All Goa Mandir Suraksha Samiti which has representatives of organisations like Bajrang Dal and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.

The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had extended its support for the bandh.

Stray incidents of violence, stoning of buses and forcible closure of shops and restaurants were reported in some parts of the State. Police arrested eight persons in connection with different incidents.

Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar described the response to the bandh as “people’s manifestation of lack of faith in the government.”