Ramsethu: VHP blockade throws life off gear in MP

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Bhopal, Sep 12 (UNI) Life was thrown off out of gear in Madhya Pradesh and prohibitory orders briefly imposed at Indore today due to the Vishva Hindu Parishad's three-hour nationwide blockade of roads, in protest against the demolition the historic Ramsethu to facilitate smooth passage of ships.

Prohibitory orders were imposed at Indore's Chandan Nagar following stone-pelting and arson. Police used force to bring agitators under control.

Official sources said that no violence was reported from elsewhere, adding that trains were stopped at Indore, Hoshangabad and Guna districts and a futile attempt made at the local Habibganj Station. The Amarkantak Express was stopped for five minutes near Hoshangabad and the Jodhpur-Bhopal Passenger briefly stopped near Guna, sources said.

A herd of cows was used for halting vehicular traffic at the local Nadra bus stand.

Office-goers faced hurdles and several schools declared a holiday.

''At Hoshangabad 160 people were arrested, 48 in Sagar, 41 in Indore and 35 in Damoh,'' Additional Director-General of Police (Intelligence) Surendra Singh told UNI.

Long lines of stranded vehicles were seen on national highways.

Shops remained closed at several places and streets wore a deserted look.

Bharatiya Janashakti Founder-President and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti warned the Centre that she would fast unto death if the Centre did not withdraw, in a week, its affidavit -- submitted in the Supreme Court -- favouring the Sethusamudram Project.

(Eds: Pl pick up suitably from earlier report.) UNI

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