24-hour bandh hits normal life in Itanagar
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Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011, 21:48
Itanagar: Normal life was affected in the state capital on Friday following a 24-hour bandh to protest against the Arunachal Pradesh government's alleged failure to take steps against some national dailies publishing derogatory remarks against the Nyishi community.

The bandh called by the Nyishi Youth Welfare Association (NYWA) which began at 5 am in the state capital was peaceful, police said.

While educational institutions and non-governmental organizations remained closed, attendance in government offices was thin.

Though private and commercial vehicles remained off the road, a few state transport buses were seen plying with security.

However, the bandh was partial in some parts of the capital as several markets remained open after traders' organizations decided to defy the bandh call.

The state government has declared the bandh as illegal and made elaborate security arrangements to thwart any untoward incidents during the bandh.

Earlier, the NYWA called a 12-hour state capital bandh on December 12 after expiry of its ten-day ultimatum to the government to intervene to secure an apology from the concerned newspapers after two national dailies published a derogatory remark against the Nyishi community on May 4.

The report evoked strong reactions in the state that witnessed a series of bandh calls and violence in the recent past which even claimed a life on October 11.


First Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 21:48

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