Madurai Bureau

Buses keep off the roads in many places in the districts

DINDIGUL: Normal life was completely paralysed as autos and buses were off the roads in Dindigul district on Thursday, owing to the State-wide dawn to dusk bandh called by the ruling DMK party to pressurise the Central Government to make efforts to stop the war against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In Dindigul, all shops and business establishments were closed. Private bus operators also suspended their services. The Kamarajar Central bus stand and prime roads in the town wore a deserted look. Dindigul Railway station was filled with passengers. Worst affected were street vendors, bachelors and salesmen. With no tea shops and road side eateries, people have been running from pillar to post for a tea and a square meal. Vegetable arrivals at the wholesale market in the town was very poor.

A group of DMK supporters, who travelled in auto rickshaws, reportedly threatened owners of grocery stores and tea shops in remote corners of narrow lanes in the town to down shutters.

However, the State government departments were functioning with limited staff. Election work was taking place in full swing. Central government departments, banks and post offices were functioning with skeleton staff.

Theni

Bandh was partial in the district as 40 per cent of shops were opened and autos were plying as usual. However, private and public transport bus operators did not operate services till evening. Many shops were closed and trade activities in wholesale trade centre came to a stand still.

Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga

Most of the buses of government and private were off the roads. While more than 50 per cent of shops remained open in Ramanathapuram, a majority of the shops downed shutters in Sivaganga.

Ramanathapuram Collector R. Vasuki said that it went off peacefully. Sivaganga Collector Pankaj Kumar Bansal and the Superintendent of Police, N. Rajasekaran, said there was no untoward incident reported in any part of the district.

Virudhunagar

Normal life was affected in the district as Government buses kept off the roads on Thursday. The police said that no Government buses were operated till 6 p.m. and only a handful of private buses plied on the roads.

Most of the shops and commercial establishments remained closed. However, normal attendance was reported in Government offices.

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