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Protest: BJP and VHP workers taking out a procession in Gulbarga on Thursday.
Protest: BJP and VHP workers taking out a procession in Gulbarga on Thursday.

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The response to the nationwide bandh call given by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday was lukewarm.

The bandh was called to protest against the Government’s decision to revoke the granting of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shops and business establishments which were closed in the morning opened later in the day.

NEKRTC buses which remained off the road in the morning as a precautionary measure, started plying after 10.00 a.m. Normal life remained unaffected in the city with schools, government offices, banks and commercial establishments functioned normally.

Shops and hotels downed their shutters for a brief while in the afternoon when members of the BJP and other Sangh Parivar organisations took out a procession from the Super Market area to the Vallabhai Patel Chowk.

Bidar Staff Correspondent reports:

The BJP called bandh on Thursday went off peacefully. Shops, hotels and other business establishments remained closed.

The police had made adequate security arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents.

Superintendent of Police A. Subramanyeswara Rao had issued a warning against forcible closure of shops and hotels.

Raichur Staff Correspondent reports:

There was no response from the public in Raichur city to the bandh call given by the BJP. Except for the closure of some schools and colleges and petrol outlets life in the city went on as usual on Thursday.

Buses and autorickshaws plied normally.

The usually busy market areas in the city were deserted till afternoon as many shops had downed their shutters.

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