Special Correspondent

PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry Munnetra Congress (PMC) on Monday called a six-hour bandh from 6 p.m. to condemn the attack on the party chief P. Kannan’s car and called for immediate steps to “invoke Goondas Act to curb the activities of the anti-socials” in the Union Territory.

Addressing the party rally near the head post office, vice-president of the PMC K. Lakshminarayanan said Mr. Kannan’s car was attacked by some unidentified persons near Arumbarthapuram railway level crossing around 3 p.m. He was returning to Puducherry after attending a funeral at Thennal. Barring the driver, none accompanied him in the vehicle then. He urged the police to take immediate steps to book the persons who had launched the attack. He asked the owners of cinema halls and hotels, traders and fleet operators to support the protest action by suspending their operation during the bandh period.

As news on the bandh call spread and the PMC activists led by the party functionaries returned from the rally in strength, shops along the main roads and streets downed the shutters. A large number of commuters were stranded at the central bus stand as almost all the buses and most of the autorickshaws were off the road.

A large number of party activists took part in the rally from Venkatasubba Reddiar statue to the head post office. They raised slogans urging the government to check the “sky-rocketing prices,” enhance employment opportunities, issue red ration cards for all eligible beneficiaries and withdraw the milk price hike.