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Party protests result in some 10,000 vehicles trapped in gridlock

Conscience pricked:Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar requesting his party workers not to block the road as he made way for traffic movement on M.G. Road during the BJP protest in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Conscience pricked:Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar requesting his party workers not to block the road as he made way for traffic movement on M.G. Road during the BJP protest in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Motorists were caught in serpentine traffic snarls on various roads and junctions in central parts of the city on Friday owing to the protest staged by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

As hundreds of party activists sat in dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue and parked their luxury cars on M.G. Road — along the stretch between Queen's Road junction and Anil Kumble Circle — and inside Cubbon Park, almost all roads in the central parts of the city were choked with vehicles, stranding tens of thousands of commuters.

‘Stranded'

“At least 10,000 vehicles were stranded in gridlocks in the central parts and some parts of east and west Bangalore between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.,” said a senior traffic police official.

Gridlocks were reported in the vicinity of M.G. Road, Cubbon Road, Queen's Road, Saint Marks Road, Kasturba Road, Vittal Mallya Road, Infantry Road, Cunningham Road, Meenakshi Koil Road, Residency Road, Richmond Road, Ulsoor Main Road, Annaswamy Mudaliyar Road, Old Madras Road, HAL Airport Road, Jayamahal Main Road, Nandidurga Road and Seshadri Road. The entire Bangalore City East Traffic Division struggled to clear the congested roads.

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