Indore: The bandh called by agitating farmers evoked little response in city as normal life remained largely unaffected on Wednesday.
Commercial establishments, local transport, markets, banks and educational institutions were functioning as usual in the city on Wednesday.
Shops in all major markets were opened and local transports including AICSTL i-bus, city bus, nagar seva, Magic van and auto-rickshaws were plying as other normal days.
However, supply of milk, vegetables and fruits were hit severely due to the bandh while intercity bus operation was partially affected. Six city-bound buses were set ablaze in Sonkutch area by the protestors. Bandh did not affect trains and flight operation.
The statewide bandh was called by agitating farmers in protest against police firing in Mandsaur in which six farmers were killed and to press for their demands.
The half-day band call was given by Rashtriya Kisan-Majdoor Sangh, an outfit which is steering the 10-day farmer’s agitation from June 1. Congress party had extended support to the bandh call, but the party workers failed to garner support from the public except burning an effigy at Rajwada.
Inter-city bus operation affected
Inter-city bus operation was affected by the bandh as bus operation from all bus stands remained suspended. There was no bus operation from Gangwal bus stand. Over 230 buses operate daily from there. Similarly, Sarwate bus stand also bore a deserted look. Buses for Khandwa, Khargone, Dewas, Bhopal, Shajapur and Ujjain are operated from here. Govind Sharma, state president MP Prime Bus Operators’ Association informed that around 50 per cent buses did not operate on Wednesday. Indore-Ujjain, Indore-Dewas and Indore-Mhow bus operations also remained suspended due to the bandh. Same was the situation at with buses operated from Tin Imli bus stand. Six inter-city buses, including three chartered buses, on Indore-Bhopal route were set on fire near Sonkutch, Sharma said. However, sources informed that more than 10 buses were set on fire by the agitating farmers.
Fruit and vegetable market bear deserted look
There was no business at Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Fruits and Vegetable Market at Bijalpur. The Mandi was opened and more than 300 wholesale and retail traders reached at the mandi on Wednesday. BBS Tomar, mandi secretary and joint collector said that mandi was opened as usual and there was very little business in vegetable market. Fruit market was also opened as usual, but there was no business. Heavy police force was deployed outside the mandi.
Raj Kumar Mill Sabzi Mandi Association president Kishor Marmat said that around 700 agitated farmers vandalised goods, vegetables and ransacked Mandi in the morning. Later, association declared to keep mandi closed till June 10.
Milk supply hit hard
Milk supply in city was hit hard on Wednesday morning. There was no supply of Sanchi, Amul and other packed milk in the city due to the bandh. People had to depend on milk power to meet their requirements.