Jaipur: Major markets in the pink city
remained closed for half day on Thursday in support of
anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
The half-day bandh call given by the local traders` body
and different social groups evoked good response, officials
The entire market area inside the walled city remained
closed till noon and traders and their family members came out
on streets in Hazare`s support.
Holding flags, children, women and men shouted slogans and
walked through every market in form of a rally which started
from Badi Chaupad and covered every area, including famous
Johri Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Kishanpol Bazar and
other markers inside the walled city.
"The rally of traders covered 17 markets. It was a half
day shut down till noon," said Anand Meherwal, a
representative of the traders body.
Various other groups in different parts of the city were
also seen taking out march and holding peaceful protests
against corruption and in support of Anna Hazare.
Laxman Singh, a representative of`Jago Janta Society`
said that their relay strike continued at the Ambedkar circle.
Several schools also supported the bandh and students
were sent back home in recess.
Soni, Jaipur Police Commissioner, said that additional
police personnel were deployed in the city in view of security
and no untoward incident took place during bandh and protest.
"The protest is going on at different locations in the
city in peaceful manner. Everything is in order and there is
no report of any untoward incident from anywhere so far," he