Police rounded up 20 persons for damaging property and trying to close shops
PUDUCHERRY: The dawn-to-dusk bandh, called by the striking workers of the Anglo French Textile (AFT) on Monday, evoked a mixed response with stray incidents of stone-pelting on buses reported from the town and its outskirts. While a majority of the shops and other business establishments remained closed till around 4 pm, a few government and private buses operated long distance services. Almost all educational institutions remained closed for the day. Government offices, banks and private companies functioned with less attendance.
The police rounded up around 20 persons for damaging property and trying to close shops during the bandh. Cases were registered against some persons under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. Six of them were remanded to judicial custody till May 12, the police said.
Miscreants pelted stones at three buses run by the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation and a private bus, damaging the windscreen. One person sustained minor injury when miscreants pelted stones at a bus at Bommaiyapalayam on the ECR, in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The bandh was called by the AFT workers, who had been on relay fast for the last 34 days, to highlight their grievances including the demand for parity in dearness allowance.
When the issue was raised by R. Siva (DMK) in the Assembly on Monday, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said, “It was on your advice that we announced an interim allowance. Even after that, they continued with their strike and called for a bandh. I appealed to them not to do so. They don’t listen to the advice of MLAs and it was unnecessary for you to extend support to their cause.”