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Updated: 10-09-2018 14:18 IST

Guj: Cong's Bharat bandh gets mixed response, 300 detained

Ahmedabad, Sep 10 (PTI) The Congress' Bharat bandh

Monday to protest against skyrocketing fuel prices evoked a

mixed response in Gujarat with the party calling the shutdown

successful while the police claimed it had no major impact.

Police said that over 300 Congress functionaries were

detained across the state, including state party chief Amit

Chavda and Gujarat party in-charge Rajiv Satav from Lal

Darwaja area here.

Schools were shut in areas including Ahmedabad, Rajkot

and Mehsana and there were reports of Congress workers forcing

petrol pumps to down shutters in some parts of the state.

In Rajkot, government schools remained open while

private schools declared a holiday.

Roads in some areas, including Chhotaudepur and Surat,

were blocked with burning tyres by protesting Congress workers

while bus services were affected in many areas like Rajkot,

Amreli and Ahmedabad.

Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi called the

bandh successful but agreed that party workers tried to shut

down some establishments during the day.

"Gujarat has observed a complete bandh as people

voluntarily joined it. It is true that our workers did try to

shut some establishments. But we only requested the people

to close their operations. We did not indulge in violence.

Many of our workers and leaders were detained today," Doshi


According to the Gujarat police control room, the

bandh call left no major impact on daily life and no untoward

incident had been reported till afternoon. PTI COR VJA PJT PD


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