The two-day bandh called by the CPI (Maoists) in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha affected the State’s public transport. The bandh was called to demand 20 per cent increase in the rate of kendu leaves.
Long distance buses were off the roads in the Naxal affected areas of Gumla, Latehar, Simdega and Palamau. The train service remained barred in some parts of Coal India Corridor section of Gomoh- Barkakana section. It also disrupted the loading and transportation of coal and minerals in the State.
Hundreds of buses remained stranded at Khadgadha Bus stand at Kantatoli in Ranchi. “We did not go to work because of the bandh in the State. Buses plying to far away distances on regular days were also affected and commuters too avoided travel,” said Aftab, a bus driver.
The police however said that proper arrangements were made to tackle the Maoists. “We are prepared to tackle any untoward incident, although nothing was reported on Sunday,” police spokesperson and IG RK Mallick said.
The loading-unloading of coal was also affected in some parts of the State. “There was no change in passenger train timings. But commuting was an issue in some parts. We are trying to bring the situation to normal,” Divisional Rail Manager of Dhanbad, Sudheer Kumar said.
“Passenger trains will definitely be escorted during night hours as a precautionary measure for the safety of the passengers,” the DRM informed.