ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Normal life was affected in the twin capital town of Itanagar and Naharlagun today following the Bharat bandh called by BJP-led NDA and Left parties. The call for the dawn-to-dusk bandh was given in protest against diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and cap on subsidized LPG as decided by the Congress-led UPA govt at the Centre.
Shops, markets, educational institutions, banks, post offices and other private establishments remained close, while the vehicular traffic was off the roads during the bandh period.
Even though the local administration had made an elaborate security arrangement besides declaring the bandh as illegal, attendance in the state govt offices was very negligent.
The bandh ended on a peaceful note and there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the Capital Complex, said a police source.
Earlier during the morning hours, the bandh supporters holding BJP flags in their hands were seen marching along the National Highway-52A in a bid to enforce the bandh call.
Shouting slogans against the Centre’s decision on hiking diesel price by Rs 5 per litre, 51% foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and cap on subsidized LPGs to six cylinders annually for each household, the BJP workers and their supporters staged a demonstration and set tyres on fire along the main thoroughfare at Bank Tinali here.