Bandh peaceful in Malda

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
26 Sep 2018

The Bandh called by BJP left a mixed impact in the district today. Although stray violence was reported from some areas including English Bazaar, over all the administration succeeded in preventing any major incident in the district.
There was tension throughout the day as the BJP workers got on the streets early in the morning. Before the police and the Trinamool Congress supporters got active, BJP activists tried to close the major government offices and blocked the road.
Trinamool Congress workers eventually came out around 10 am by when the BJP workers succeeded in sending off the road a few vehicles which were plying to make some extra bucks on the bandh day.
Almost all business establishments were closed and private vehicles were unavailable.
BJP picketers closed banks and other offices some of which were later opened in presence of police.
Although a few schools could not be opened owing to active picketing by BJP activists, teachers following the directive from the state government attended the schools sans students. Private schools and colleges were mostly closed.
BJP blocked NH-34 at places and agitations at some places turned violent also. Interestingly, large number of tribal habitants of the district got on the street favouring BJP. They were carrying bows and arrows while picketing.
BJP supporters damaged a few vehicles and blocked state highways also.
A scuffle occurred between youth Trinamool activists and BJP mohila morcha workers in English Bazaar. A woman activist of BJP alleged that she was molested and injured by Trinamool workers led by the district youth Trinamool president Amlan Bhaduri.
BJP district president Sanjit Mishra led picketing at a few places. Other BJP leaders of the district level were active too.
English Bazaar MLA and district Trinamool working president Nihar Ghosh, another working president Dulal Sarkar campaigned against the bandh.
Ghosh claimed that the bandh failed to make any impact.
Mishra claimed the bandh to be successful.
Kaushik Bhattacharya, DM, Malda said that attendance in government offices and educational institutions was normal.
Arnab Ghosh, SP said that some picketers were nabbed from different areas.