Dawn to dusk Itanagar bandh passes off peacefully

21 Jul 2017

A dawn to dusk bandh called in the state capital by the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh today failed to create any impact here.
Shops and business establishments remained open, while government offices and banks functioned normally. Private and commercial vehicles were also seen plying on the roads. The bandh passed off peacefully with no incidents of violence reported from any part of the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun, the police said. The district administration had declared the bandh illegal and directed all employees to attend offices.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) called the bandh in protest against the state government's decision of not releasing chief secretary in charge Satya Gopal from the state even after he was being transferred by the union home ministry in May. The Congress has accused Satya Gopal of misguiding the Election Commission, which resulted in deferment of the July 29 by-election to Pakke-Kessang Assembly seat, on the pretext of landslide and floods in the state.
The BJP government in the state criticised Congress for calling the bandh at a time when the entire government machinery is busy in restoring normalcy in the aftermath of the recent monsoon deluge that has claimed 19 lives so far. State government spokesman Bamang Felix told reporters that the Congress has no issue for calling the bandh.