Chennai, The DMK-sponsored Opposition bandh in Tamil Nadu to condemn the police firing on the anti-Sterlite protestors in Tuticorin and to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, evoked mixed response on Friday.
No major untoward incident was reported as the dawn-to-dusk bandh began at 0600 hrs this morning, reports received at the police headquarters here said.While hotels, shops, including retail, and some commercial establishments downed their shutters, government offices and banks functioned as usual.
Public transport was maintained as usual, though auto drivers, owing allegiance to the Labour Progressive Front, the trade union wing of the DMK, besides the CITU and INTUC, kept off the roads.
Official sources said more than 90 per cent of the government buses,including the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses in the Chennai city, and the long distance and inter-state State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) services, were operated as usual.
The ruling AIADMK has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that normal life remained unaffected.More than 15,000 police personnel were deployed on security duty across the city to maintain law and order.
Heavy police pickets were also posted at the Marina beach front, near the DGP office and at the State Secretariat on the arterial Kamarajar Salai where the DMK led by its Working President M K Stalin and the members of its alliance parties staged a road roko after staging a dharna in front of the Chief Minister’s chamber leading to their physical eviction yesterday.
Reports received from districts said, shops and business establishments were closed in some areas, while normal life remained uncrippled as the state government ensured functioning of essential services including public transport.
In Tuticorin, where 13 people were killed in police firing after the anti-sterlite protests turned violent on Tuesday, the district administration has extended the prohibitory orders for another two days till May 27.
Even as life started slowly limping back to normal in the district,which witnessed an orgy of violence and arson, no major untoward incident was reported since yesterday, though shops and business establishments were closed in areas were the prohibitory orders were in force.
Initially, the district administration had said that the prohibitory orders would be in force till today morning, but has extended it for another two days, as a precautionary measure and to prevent any untoward incident.
However, in rural areas of Tuticorin, normal life remained unaffected as shops and other establishments were open.