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Bharat Bandh highlights: India witnesses mixed response, non BJP states bear the burnt

By Deepika

New Delhi, Sep 10: Normal life was hit in some states on Monday with offices and educational institutes closed and vehicles off the roads during an opposition-led 'Bharat Bandh' which was largely peaceful, barring some incidents of violence.

A three-year-old girl died in Bihar's Jehanabad district which the BJP alleged was due to delay in find a vehicle to take her to the hospital. Train services were affected in Odisha.

Bharat Bandh highlights: India witnesses mixed response, non BJP states bear the burnt

In states like Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh life was hit by the shutdown, but Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Mizoram remained largely unaffected.

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In Bhubaneswar, Congress workers staged a road blockade disrupting movement of vehicles on the national highway. Bandh supporters also locked the ticket counter of the Sun Temple.

In Kerala, the hartal hit normal life. Both public and private transport buses and autorickshaws kept off the roads.

Amid Opposition's call for a pan-India shutdown to protest against the rising fuel rates, petrol and diesel prices set new records for the fifth consecutive day in New Delhi and Mumbai on Monday.

Bharat bandh over rising fuel prices HIGHLIGHTS:

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8:30 PM, 10 Sep
In West Bengal, normal life largely remained unaffected by the shutdown. The ruling Trinamool Congress had opposed the bandh but organised a rally against spiralling prices of petroleum products.
8:29 PM, 10 Sep
In Odisha, train services were hit as bandh supporters squatted on tracks at many places during the bandh duration. At least 10 trains were cancelled and several others regulated in the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway, an ECoR official said. Vehicular movement too was hit across the state as Congress workers resorted to road blockade and burnt tyres in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Khurda.
8:29 PM, 10 Sep
In Congress-ruled Mizoram, the shutdown had no impact. Incidents of arson, vandalism and disruption of rail and road traffic were reported from Bihar during the 'Bharat Bandh'.
8:13 PM, 10 Sep
"608 people were detained and released subsequently today, 6 people were arrested, 8 cases were registered at various police stations. No serious incidents have been reported," says Mumbai police PRO.
5:58 PM, 10 Sep
"The Bharat Bandh was peaceful in the state, 110-115 people have been arrested. The numbers can rise. In Ujjain, Katni and Jabalpur there had been some incidents for which cases have been registered," says Madhya Pradesh's IG Law and Order Makrand Deuskar.
5:56 PM, 10 Sep
"People willingly participated in Bharat Bandh against the govt & taught them a lesson. At least now, govt should reduce prices and mend its way. But they are not worried at all. So, we all need to save democracy. It is in danger," says Gehlot.
5:55 PM, 10 Sep
"Today’s Bharat Bandh has been successful across the country. Congress party has never held Bharat Bandh before, we do not even believe in Bharat Bandh, but since the time Modi govt has come there has been a situation that led to this," says senior Congress Ashok Gehlot.
3:52 PM, 10 Sep
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu announces a reduction in petrol and diesel price by Rs 2 each, in the state.
3:05 PM, 10 Sep
While the MP Congress called the shutdown successful, the ruling BJP accused the former of adopting "anarchic" ways to intimidate people to enforce the bandh.
2:59 PM, 10 Sep
Rajasthan minister Rajkumar Rinwa said that the public should reduce its expenses in order to tackle the fuel price rise. "The government is trying. Fuel prices in India are driven by the prices of crude oil in the world market. There is so much expenditure, floods all over, and consumption. The public doesn't understand that if the prices of crude oil increases, they should reduce their expenses," he said.
2:46 PM, 10 Sep
In Arunachal Pradesh, at least 100 Congress activists including Mahila Congress workers, Youth Congress president Geli Ete and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) secretary John Taksing were arrested by police, PTI repored. The protesters burnt tyres in many places in the state capital and in various other places to block roads, Superintendent of Police, Itanagar, M Harsh Vardhan said.
2:45 PM, 10 Sep
Meanwhile, bus services are expected to start returning to normalcy after 3 p.m., while airport buses will start plying from 4 p.m.
2:44 PM, 10 Sep
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar, during his address at Ramlila Maidan claims the BJP ignored Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was alive. "When Atalji was alive, they (BJP) never remembered him. But now they are remembering him day and night," he says.
2:44 PM, 10 Sep
“We have been carrying the burden of Opposition leaders so far and we now want to see the strength of the Opposition. People’s interests are protected when Opposition parties perform [their duty] with efficiency,” the Sena said in the editorial.
2:44 PM, 10 Sep
Shiv Sena targetted opposition parties as well as its ally BJP on rising fuel prices.
2:43 PM, 10 Sep
BJP chief Amit Shah will be meeting Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan amid the nationwide shutdown called by Congress on Monday,
2:22 PM, 10 Sep
Former Congress minister Bismita Gogoi has been detained by police in Khumtai of Golaghat district in Assam.
2:06 PM, 10 Sep
Karnataka HC declines to hear a pending PIL relating to bandhs. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari said that series of orders have been passed on the issue since February 2.
1:29 PM, 10 Sep
The death of the child is not related to bandh or traffic jam, the relatives had left late from their home: SDO Jehanabad Paritosh Kumar on reports that a 2-year-old patient died after the vehicle was stuck in Bharat Bandh protests
1:27 PM, 10 Sep
Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today? Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar's Jehanabad. Who is responsible?, asks Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
12:33 PM, 10 Sep
1984 riots accused Sajjan Kumar see during protests.
12:32 PM, 10 Sep
Left leaders at protest
12:17 PM, 10 Sep
A two-year-old girl died on Monday as the vehicle carrying her to Bihar's Jehanabad civil hospital got stuck in road blockade by bandh supporters, reports News 18.
12:16 PM, 10 Sep
Congress workers carry a motorcycle on a bullock cart during Bharat hBandh protests in Delhi's Preet Vihar.
12:11 PM, 10 Sep
BEST buses damaged in 14 incidents of stone pelting across Mumbai.
11:57 AM, 10 Sep
The BJP government is so proud of themselves that even today when the Opposition has called for a 'bandh' they have increased fuel price in some places. Government can even say that inflation will bring development: Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
11:53 AM, 10 Sep
Frustrated opposition doesn't have any strategy and leadership,what else can be expected from them? I hope God gives them sense so they can differentiate between positive & negative otherwise in future they will even lose their position as Oppn: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
11:51 AM, 10 Sep
'Bharat' will not be 'bandh', it will keep moving and progressing. No one is paying heed to this call by Congress, their 'Mahagatbandhan' balloon will also burst soon: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
11:42 AM, 10 Sep
Good to see the Opposition standing united here fighting for a cause, and soon, together we will defeat, says the Congress chief.
11:41 AM, 10 Sep
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