12-hour ''Itanagar bandh'' passes off peacefully

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Itanagar, Apr 9 (UNI) Life came to a standstill here today following the dawn-to-dusk state capital bandh, sponsored by the Nyishi Federal Council Stable (NFC-S).

The bandh was called demanding resignation of Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin for his alleged failure to improve the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, especially in the twin capital cities.

The bandh, which started at 0500 hours, was peaceful throughout the day.

Police, however, arrested two persons, who were trying to disturb peace, informed Papum Pare Superintendent of Police (SP) Hibu Tamang.

Though all the shops, including business establishments, educational institutions, Banking institutions and other Central government organisations remained closed during the day, functioning of state government offices was normal.

All sorts of vehicles were plying on the roads, the SP informed.

The district administration had earlier declared the bandh as ''illegal''.

Moreover, the market committees of Itanagar and Naharlagun had also decided to keep the markets open during the bandh, but was not followed by the traders.

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