Bharat Bandh: Normal life unaffected in Delhi

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New Delhi: Normal life remained unaffected in Delhi on Monday with offices, schools and colleges opening at their regular time and vehicles plying on roads despite a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by the Congress and protests staged by it across Delhi against the steep hike in petrol and diesel prices.

Traffic movement was normal across the city. However, roads leading to Rajghat and Ramlila Maidan where Congress president Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, held a protest witnessed heavy traffic.

Delhi Congress workers staged dharnas at petrol pumps across the city, protesting against the hike in fuel prices.

Heavy police deployment was made in the city with reserve police forces and motorcycle patrols being put on high alert, a senior police officer said.

The officer said police personnel have been deployed at petrol pumps across Delhi to ensure no untoward incident takes place.

Senior Congress leaders, including Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken, protested by riding a bullock cart to a petrol pump near Rajendra Place. A scooter was kept down on the cart symbolising plight of the common man.

Thousands of party workers held protests against fuel price hike by the government, said party leader Mukesh Sharma. PTI