Hyderabad: The Bharat Bandh call given by Opposition parties protesting the Centre’s demonetisation move evoked a poor response in the city on Monday.
While educational institutions remained open, commercial establishments across the city functioned as usual. Though auto-rickshaw drivers’ unions supported the bandh, most drivers continued to operate bringing much-needed relief to commoners.
Buses of the State-run Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC ) too operated without hiccups, while the South Central Railway (SCR) operated its services as usual.
Private and nationalised banks, ATMs, malls, cinema theatres and markets remained open. Activists from Left parties tried to close down shops in some areas but after complying with their requests for a short while, shop owners continued with their shutters open. On the other hand, serpentine queues returned to banks and ATMs as the public queued up to withdraw cash.
On their part, the police made elaborate security arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents. Special police pickets were posted at government buildings, banks, and busy traffic intersections.
“The situation was peaceful in the city,” a police official said, adding that a few politicians were taken into preventive custody for staging protests.
Political parties in support of the bandh took out protest marches and staged sit-ins in various parts of the city. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee staged a demonstration in front of the Reserve Bank of India.