Staff Reporter

BJP had organised the protest following the hike in fuel prices

KOLLAM: The hartal called by the BJP on Friday in protest against the petrol and diesel price hike was total and peaceful in the district.

No untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the district. Educational institutions, shops and commercial establishments remained closed. The public road transport system remained suspended but private vehicles were seen plying.

Public markets also remained closed. Workers did not report for work at any of the cashew factories in the district.

Passengers arriving at the Kollam railway station got stranded. Several persons were also seen stranded at the KSRTC depot. The police maintained a strong vigil. At sensitive areas, police pickets were arranged.

The BJP and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) activists organised a demonstration through main business areas of the district raising slogans to condemn the fuel price hike. By 5 p.m., autorickshaws started appearing on the roads. Shortly after dusk private buses also started plying.

Total, peaceful

Our Pathanamthitta Staff Reporter writes: A dawn-to-dusk hartal sponsored by the Bharatiya Janata Party was total and peaceful in Pathanamthitta on Friday.

Hartal supporters belonging to the party and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh staged marches in different parts of the district, protesting against the steep hike in the price of petroleum products.

Shops and business establishments in towns as well as rural areas remained close till 5.30 p.m. in response to the hartal call.

All major roads and towns in the district wore a deserted look, and only a few two-wheelers were found plying.

Government offices and banks in the district recorded thin attendance.

The hartal supporters, led by the BJP local leaders, staged protest marches in the towns of Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Adoor, Pandalam, Rani, Konni, Kozhencherry and Mallappally in the forenoon. The windowpane of a bus was smashed in Adoor.