Shutdown called by BJP hits normal life in Jharkhand

February 13th, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Feb 13 (IANS) The statewide shutdown called by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to protest police baton charge on party leaders, including former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha, badly affected normal life Jharkhand Friday.
BJP workers took out protest rallies in many parts of the state. In the capital, over 300 party workers, including Ranchi legislator C.P. Singh, were arrested when they were trying to enforce the shutdown.

Police said the arrested BJP workers will be set free in the evening.

Educational institutions were closed and roads wore a deserted look due to the shutdown. Government offices also registered minimal attendance. At a few places, BJP activists damaged private vehicles and harassed commuters.

On Thursday, around 10,000 BJP workers - led by Sinha, Arjun Munda and some legislators - tried to barge into the governor’s house to demand dissolution of the state assembly and fresh polls. Police hit them with batons. Sinha reportedly sustained injuries on his hands and Munda on his legs.

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