IPS officer's murder: MP Cong's bandh peaceful

Bhopal: The call for a day-long bandh given by the state Congress on Tuesday to protest against the killing of young IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh, was observed in a peaceful manner in the state.

The Congress claimed that the bandh, which was a big success, as shops and commercial establishments remained closed in the city.

Markets in the state capital wore a deserted look, as shops in almost all the markets of Bhopal, were shut. However, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state , Inspector General Law and Order SK Pandey said.

The Congress had given a call for bandh up to 3 PM, as the commercials had remained closed yesterday due to Holi celebrations.

"The bandh had been called only till afternoon, so that the shopkeepers don't suffer much losses," state Congress media department chairman Manak Agrawal told PTI.

Reports from Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Dewas, Dhar, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ujjain, Nagda, Shajapur, Guna, Rajgarh, Mandla, Narsinghpur, Betul, Hoshangabad, Shivpuri, Morena and Bhind among other places described the bandh as "successful" and by and large peaceful.

The Congress had excluded education, health and transport services from the bandh to avoid inconvenience to school children and commuters.

Besides holding the protests, the Congress on Tuesday demanded that the probe be handed over to the CBI for thorough investigation.

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced today that his government would recommend a CBI probe into the killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh in Morena district.