Central business was affected with incidents of stone throwing and tyre deflating

The call for Hubli bandh, seeking action against yoga guru Ramdev for insulting Dalits, received a mixed response in the city on Monday.

While there was good response in central business district, the situation was normal in the other localities of Hubli.

Shops closed

There was one instance of stone throwing at a bus, a few instances of forced closures of shops and another of protestors ransacking goods in a petty shop. Following the stone throwing, the North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation suspended the city bus and suburban services for some time. Because of the withdrawal of city bus services, the people who had reached Hubli by long route buses faced hardships, especially those carrying heavy luggage.

While most of the auto rickshaws remained off the road in support of the bandh call, those who chose to operate as usual were found fleecing the passengers.

Protest march

The central business district was most affected as the members of various Dalit organisations took out a protest march there. At some junctions the protestors burnt old tyres to register their protest against Mr. Ramdev.

Following reports of violence, the police put barricades on major roads and diverted the traffic. Consequently some of the busy roads wore a deserted look for some time as rumours about the violence spread during the bundh.

Although the Zilla Kannada Sahitya Sammelan which began on Monday went on without any problem, the rumours about violence during the bandh and suspension of city bus services forced many literary enthusiasts to remain indoors on the inaugural day.