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Bandh evokes mixed reaction

Bandh evokes mixed reaction
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Shops, schools shut down voluntarily; Left leaders arrested Visakhapatnam: There was mixed response to the bandh called by the Opposition parties...

Shops, schools shut down voluntarily; Left leaders arrested Visakhapatnam: There was mixed response to the bandh called by the Opposition parties on Tuesday against the power tariff increase in Visakhapatnam. Shops, several banks, commercial establishments and educational institutions voluntarily shut down their premises. The agitationists stopped the RTC buses at several places but allowed all the private vehicles. There were no major incidents and heavy police bandobust was organised for the bandh. Several leaders belonging to CPM and CPI were taken into custody for obstructing RTC buses and other vehicles, but they were later released in the evening. At Jagadamba Junction, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activists indulged in a minor clash but the police dispersed them before it could flare up. Much of the action took place at the RTC Complex, Asilametta, Maddilapalem, Isukathota, Jagadmba Junction, NAD Kotha Road, Seethammadhara, Pendurthy, Simhachalam and Gopalapatnam where the activists belonging to the TDP, YSRCP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPI and CPM tried to block the traffic.
The CPI members organised a huge rally from Alluri Seetaramaraju statue to Eenadu junction following which traffic was disrupted for more than an hour. The members raised slogans against the government. The police dispersed the protestors and arrested district secretary JV Satyanarayana Murthy and others. The CPM leaders and workers organised a massive dharna at RTC Complex and tried to stop the buses from leaving the complex. The police was deployed in large numbers but more forces were drawn from different parts of the city. Traffic was blocked for more than 40 minutes. The police arrested district secretary of CPM Ch. Narsinga Rao and several others. BJP leaders K Haribabu, PV Chalapathi Rao and PVN Madhav led a protest at Jagadamba Junction and disrupted the traffic for some time. YSRCP north constituency in-charge GV Ravi Raju took out a motorcycle rally and organised a mass protest at Asilametta Junction where the party workers garlanded the statue of Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy.
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