Staff Reporter

Main thoroughfares virtually deserted with thin traffic

TIRUCHI: Normal activities came to a halt on Saturday in view of the bandh called by the State Government.

The dawn-to-dusk bandh passed off peacefully in the district with no untoward incidents reported.

With buses government and private off the roads and train services cancelled, the always bustling Central bus stand and the Tiruchi railway junction wore a deserted look.Barring medical shops and a few roadside stalls, all other commercial and business establishments in the city and those located elsewhere in the district remained closed during the day.

As a precautionary measure, police personnel were deployed at vantage points in the city and in other places in the district to ensure order and prevent untoward incidents.

The main thoroughfares in the city including the Bharathidasan Salai, Bharathiyar Salai, Puthur Four Road, Thillai Nagar Main Road, Salai Road, Thennur High Road, Mannarpuram Road and Thanjavur Road looked virtually deserted with very thin traffic.

Trains detained

The Chennai Egmore - Mangalore and Chennai - Nagercoil Expresses, which arrived Tiruchi Junction were detained at the station.

However, essential services such as milk, power supply, fire services and hospitals were exempted. There was no movement of goods carriers from dawn to dusk.

Police sources here said around 500 policemen were deployed in the district for bandobust and patrolling. Pickets were posted in important areas as part of the security arrangement.

The entire Government Railway Police personnel were mobilised for providing security in major stations, open patrolling and guarding major bridges, railway police sources here said.

In Tiruchi city, over 2,000 policemen were deployed in vital areas and in front of vital installations, places of worships to avert any untoward incidents, the sources said.