Shimla: In protest of a cow slaughter at a village in Nerwa on Thursday, right wing organizations with support of BJP and VHP enforced a complete half day bandh in the city that passed off without any untoward incident.
Shops on The Mall, the cityâ€™s main shopping street had their shutters down till 2 pm. Other markets in the city also followed suit. Later the shops opened up and the evening had normal shopping hours for the weekend crowds.
District magistrate, JS Rana said that the bandh passed of peacefully and there was no untoward incident.
Traders along with DRM, VHP members took out a procession and demanded stern action against those responsible for the cow slaughter. They were also demanding a complete ban on cow slaughter in the state. After the procession, the agitators held a demonstration at Sher-e-Punjab Hotel, close to The Mall road.
Meanwhile district police superintendent RM Sharma who is camping in Nerwa, which saw a flare of communal violence on Friday when an unruly mob burnt down two structures of the minority community said â€œthe situation in Nerwa was fast returning to normal.â€
Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is out of the country, has appealed for maintaining peace and communal harmony. He has asked the administration to ensure the property and lives of all.
On the other hand Communist Party of India (Marxists) have deplored the right wing forces for perpetrating communal violence in Nerwa. Tikender Panwar, member state secretariat CPI(M) held that the government did intervene in time to prevent violence and vandalism in Nerwa on Friday, when the administration was aware of the tension because of the cow slaughter incident on Thursday.
The state does not have a history of communal violence, said Panwar, and the government must act in an impartial manner to book those responsible for the violence in Nerwa.
Dharam Raksha Manch,a umbrella body of 50 Hindu organisaton, to protest against “cow Salughter” at Nerwa,in Chopal Sub-division of Shimla.
Photos by Amit Kanwar