The all-India bandh called by the NDA and Left parties today in protest against the petrol price hike evoked a mixed response amid stray incidents of violence in Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal and blockade of road and rail traffic.
BJP and Left leaders were detained at several places amid reports of buses and commercial establishments refusing to down their shutters being targeted by their activists. There were no reports of disruption of flights.
Road transport services in Andhra Pradesh came to a halt as the opposition-sponsored daylong shutdown to protest the steep hike in petrol prices evoked wide response across the state.
The shutdown was partial in Hyderabad but was near total in the districts. Buses of state-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and auto-rickshaws went off the roads while shops, petrol bunks, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed.
Police said the protest has been peaceful.
Image: People sit in front of closed shops during a nationwide strike organized by opposition political parties to protest a recent hike in fuel prices, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, May 31, 2012.