Indore: The half-day bandh call given by
Congress in Indore against alleged spurt in crime in the city on Tuesday affected normal life here, police said.
The half-day bandh from 8 am to 2 pm went off peacefully
barring a few incidents where some Congressmen tried to force
shut shops, they said.
Most of the markets in Jawahar Nagar, Cloth market, Saraf
Bazar, Marothiya Bazar, Bartan Bajar, Khujari Bazaar and
Rajwada remained closed.
The strike by Congress, which coincided with the
nationwide bandh call given by trade unions, partially
affected schools and colleges while city transport came to a
halt in the early hours.
Some Congress workers tried to burn the effigies of
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state Home Minister
Uma Shankar Gupta at Gandhi Bhawan but were stopped by police.
The entire area near the District Congress office was
sealed and additional police force was deployed there as a
precautionary measure, police said.
"There were three gang-rape cases in the district over
the last fortnight. This clearly shows the Shivraj government
has failed to ensure safety of women and has not acted against
criminals," District Congress President Pramod Tandon said.