PEDANA/MACHILIPATNAM (KRISHNA DT.), February 3, 2012
Bandh observed against desecration of statues
Political leaders, cutting across party lines, participated in the
day-long bandh and forced businessmen to down their shutters both in
Machilipatnam and Pedana towns on Thursday protesting against
desecration of B.R. Ambedkar statues in Amalapuram recently.
The protesters stopped all vehicular traffic in the towns and RTC
buses did not ply till afternoon. The Pedana bus-station wore a
deserted look with only a handful of passengers waiting for buses as
long-distance autorickshaws also did not ply.
Leading the agitation in Pedana, Durgamukhi Chandrababu told The Hindu
that a majority of traders and autorickshaw owners voluntarily downed
their shutters and stopped plying vehicles. All educational
institutions declared a holiday in the towns.
Streets too wore a deserted look. The Pedana municipal office was
locked from outside. Its main gate was also locked so that none
entered the premises. Banks and commercial establishments too did not
function in Pedana. The Mahatma Gandhi Municipal Marketing Complex was
Small-time vendors selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside were
not affected. Medical shops were exempted from bandh. The protesters
demanded that those responsible for the vandalism be brought to book.
Ayub Khan of the YSR Congress, Kataka Prasad of the Congress,
Yellakala Sambayya of the TDP, Narasimha Rao of the CPI(M) and
Jyothiswara Rao of the BJP participated.
At Machilipatnam, police personnel guarded the commercial
establishments. The protesters went round the town raising slogans
against the people who desecrated the statues.
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