JAMSHEDPUR: The daylong CPI(Maoist) bandh in rebel-hit Ghatshila subdivision evoked mixed response on Thursday.
Amid heightened security arrangements in six blocks of the subdivision, the bandh witnessed mixed response with commercial establishments and markets in Ghatshila, Musabani, Gorabandha and Dhalbhumgarh blocks, which remained closed for a large part of the day.
However, in Baharagora and Chakuliya, the effect of bandh was relatively less with markets reporting brisk business. Transportation was largely affected with passenger buses scheduled for Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Musabani, Seraikela, among other routes, remaining off the road for the day.
On NH-33, the police had made adequate security arrangements, including enhancing patrolling for smooth running of inter-state buses going towards Bengal and Orissa. “Security arrangements have been stepped up in all vulnerable areas in the subdivision,” said SSP Akhilesh Jha.
The Maoists called for a bandh from Wednesday midnight to Thursday midnight to protest the death of their member, Gulach Munda, in police custody on Saturday.
Gulach was picked up by the district police from Jiyan village in Gurabanda police station area on Saturday but when his health condition deteriorated during interrogation, he was admitted to the MGM Hospital where he died. Subsequent to his death, the medical board conducted an autopsy, but even on the fourth day after the postmortem was done, Munda’s family is not aware of the cause of his death.
The Tatanagar railway station GRP also made elaborate security arrangements to ensure running of passenger trains on the Tatanagar-Howrah route without disruption. “All trains are running on schedule time. Neither any train is running on diverted route nor has any been delayed so far. However, we have made enough security arrangements for disruption-free running of trains on the Tatanagar-Howrah route,” said R Choudhary, Tatanagar railway station manager.