Monday, February 08, 2010

Jharkhand witnesses partial response to Maoist bandh

Ranchi, Feb 8 (PTI) Jharkhand witnessed partial response to the Maoists' 72-hour bandh on the second day today.

Offices, markets, schools and colleges remained open in the state capital and other district towns, official sources said.

However, vehicles, especially trucks, did not ply on the national highways disrupting transport of minerals in East and West Singhbum and Gumla districts, the sources said.

Normal life in rural Gumla, Khunti and Chatra was largely affected with shops keeping their shutters down.

Several trains have been re-routed in the central industrial chords since midnight on Saturday when the CPI (Maoist) began their shutdown in protest against anti-naxal drive by the Centre.

The bandh, however, affected the state's industrial belts, mostly located outside the towns.

"A day's bandh incurs a loss of approximately Rs 100 crore, and pushes back the progress by two months.

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