BJP's 12-hr state-wide bandh passes off peacefully

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Itanagar, Jul 10 (UNI) The BJP-sponsored dawn-to-dusk statewide bandh to protest sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities besides non-fulfillment of its other demands, evoked a mixed response today.

The bandh which began at 0500 hrs was largely peaceful throughout the state barring a few stray incidents of stone pelting in various parts of the capital complex.

Papum Pare Superintendent of Police (SP) Hibu Tamang informed that agitators, especially workers from the youth wing of the saffron brigade, threw stones at a few private vehicles in Itanagar causing minor damages.

Business establishments, including banking and other financial institutions, downed their shutters while private and public vehicles were off the road except a few state transport buses that too with escort.

Attendances at all government offices were significantly thin.

Reports from other parts of the state revealed that the bandh was total in some districts while it failed to have any impact in many places.

The state government had made elaborate security arrangements to thwart off any untoward incident during the bandh period.

The bandh spearheaded by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha was called to protest the price rise of essential commodities, besides non-fulfillment of other demands like grant of additional subsidies, smooth supply of LPG cylinders, addressing the law and order problems in the state, probe on alleged mismanagement of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds, scarcity of Public Distribution System items and proper assessment of the damage inflicted by floods in various parts of the state.

The bandh was also called to protest against revoking of the land transfer order to the Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir.

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