Sporadic incidents of violence were reported on Monday during an opposition sponsored ‘Bharat Bandh’, which hit normal life in some states with offices and educational institutes closed and vehicles off the roads. The bandh was called by 21 opposition parties led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. It was kickstarted at Rajghat where Gandhi offered holy water from his Kailash Mansarovar yatra. He then accompanied opposition leaders then marched to Ramlila Maidan from Rajghat.
In states like Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh life was hit by the shutdown, but Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Mizoram remained largely unaffected.
While the BJP alleged a three-year-old girl died in Bihar’s Jehanabad district due to delay in finding a vehicle to take her to the hospital, a local official denied the report and said it was not related to the bandh or traffic jam, but because the relatives had left late from their home.