Jamshedpur : Normal life in the steel city was hit as activists of several
Kurmi outfits hit streets in favour of Jharkhand bandh and ‘chakka jam’ called in support of Savita Mahto, wife of JMM leader late Sudhir Mahato.
Autos, mini buses remained off roads even as shops and other business establishments remained
The bandh took place in protest against insult meted out to Savita Mahto, by withdrawing her candidature for the Rajya Sabha polls.
The city roads wore deserted view as shops, other commercial establishments and petrol pumps etc. remained closed in downtown Jugsalai, Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri and other areas during the bandh, which was also supported by various tribal parties.
The educational institutions and other essential services were kept out of the purview the bandh.
Jharkhand Peoples’ Party ( JPP) blocked the road near Sakchi roundabout and raised slogans against chief minister Hemant Soren and his father Shibu Soren.
Members of Kurmi Sena did a similar exercise in Bistupur.
JPP president Surya Singh Besra, who courted arrest at Sakchi police station said that JMM shown its true colours.
The party workers should not remain silence over the rejection of party ticket to Sabita
Several party workers of JPP were arrested at Sakchi.
The bandh supporters also expressed happiness over the spontaneous response. “The bandh was
successful it only goes to show that the people are in support of Sabita.
We appeal to the Kurmi community in Jharkhand to come forward and fight for justice,” said Kurmi Sena president Shailendra Mahto.
He went on add that the organisation will continue to fight till Savita is given due honour by the party.
Upender Sharma, president of Jamshedpur Bus Owners’ Association said several important busses
remained off the roads due to the bandh.
The long route private buses plying on the two end of the NH-33, TataRanchi and Tata-West
Bengal has felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full
“The bandh was peaceful as we succeeded in maintaining law and order.
Adequate police security personnel were deployed across the city.
No untoward incident was reported,” said SP (City) Kartik S. The mobility of the security
forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatsial to Chandil.
“The district administration has deputed 29 magistrates across strategic locations of the
district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of bandh,” informed a senior