Life disrupted due to bandh in Kolhan

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Jamshedpur, Oct 28 (UNI) Life was disrupted at Kolhan region here today following a bandh call to protest the killing of 18 persons, including the son of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, by Maoist rebels at Chilkhari village in Giridih district yesterday.

The Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (JVM) had given the dawn-to-dusk statewide bandh call today.

Most of the shops at the main markets of Sakchi and Bistupur remained closed while the long distance buses did not ply and the movement of vehicular traffic was thin.

Train services were disrupted in the Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway as hundreds of JVM achivists, led by party leader Abhay Singh, squatted on the railway tracks at Tatanagar station, stalling the Howrah-Tata Steel express, New Delhi-Puri Utkal Express and Tata-Badamparhar passenger for more than two hours, Railway sources said.

However, train services were resumed later in the day, the sources added.

The bandh registered spontaneous impact in the industrial areas of Adityapur and Gamharia in the nearby Seraikela-Kharsawan district while a total bandh was reported from Chakulia, Baharagora and Patamda areas in East Singhbhum district, official sources said.

About 30 bandh supporters were detained, police said, adding that no untoward incident was reported so far.

The JVM activists also burnt the effigy of Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda at Sakchi yesterday to protest the government's alleged failure to curb the naxalite activities and the killings of innocent people across the state.

Condemning the ''cowardly'' act by the Maoist rebels, JVM general secretary Abhay Singh said the bandh was spontaneous and total.

''The people of the state have lodged their protests through today's bandh,'' he said, adding that the party would continue to launch its tirade against the ''nefarious designs'' of the naxals.


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