Jayalalithaa's conviction: AIADMK's 12-hour bandh in Puducherry disrupts normal life

The dawn-to-dusk bandh called by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in protest against the conviction of J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case disrupted normal life in Puducherry on Saturday.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2014, 13:31 PM IST
Jayalalithaa's conviction: AIADMK's 12-hour bandh in Puducherry disrupts normal life

Puducherry: The dawn-to-dusk bandh called by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in protest against the conviction of J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case disrupted normal life in Puducherry on Saturday.

The bandh commenced from 6 am today in protest against the 'false case' imposed on former Tamil Nadu chief minister and her 'wrongful imprisonment'.

Buses went off the roads while shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and cinema houses remained closed in the union territory as part of the bandh, police said.

Besides Puducherry, the bandh was observed in three other regions of the Union Territory - Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.

Police pickets were posted in strength at all vantage and vulnerable points in and around Puducherry.

Police said no untoward incident was reported from any part of the union territory so far.

On September 27, a special court in Bangalore had sentenced former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa to four years in prison and slapped a Rs 100 crore fine on her in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case.

During her first tenure (1991-96) as chief minister, Jayalalithaa drew Re 1 as salary. The charge against her was that her assets rose from about Rs 3 crore in 1991 to Rs 66 crore in just five years.

The disproportionate assets case saw several twists and turns. When the AIADMK returned to power in 2001, several witnesses turned hostile. 

(With PTI inputs)