A call for a bandh given by various Hindu outfits including the Hindu Munnani, Hindu Makkal Katchi, and Hanuman Sena in protest against the recent attack on a Rashtriya Swayam Sevak functionary at Mettupalayam evoked good response at Kotagiri on Thursday.

With practically all the traders including hoteliers downing shutters normal life was affected. Only medical stores, Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation outlets and milk kiosks remained open.

The roads wore a deserted look on account of mini buses, autorickshaws, taxies, lorries, and jeeps joining the bandh.

There were very few persons in usually crowded places like the bus stand and Kamaraj Square.

Education institutions, government offices, banks, and hospitals functioned as usual. The police said that security had been strengthened in Kotagiri and its surrounding areas. No untoward incidents were reported. The situation was under control.

On Wednesday Vijay and Nandakumar were arrested for indulging in criminal activities. In addition 21 persons were rounded up in Udhagamandalam and nine in Gudalur. They were released in the evening.