Gaya, 8 July: Normal life was severely hit in Bihar’s Gaya district today as the BJP and the RJD gave separate bandh calls to protest against the state government’s alleged security lapses that led to the terror attack in the temple town injuring two monks, official sources said.
BJP workers took to the streets from early morning to enforce the dawn-to-dusk bandh forcing shops and business establishments to close down, the sources said.
The temple town of Bodh Gaya was particularly hit by the bandh as roads wore a deserted look and shops and business establishments remained shut since morning, they said.
Observing a separate 12-hour bandh in the entire Magadh division, RJD workers were seen stopping movement of vehicles and forcing shopkeepers to shut down shops in Gaya, Jehanabad and adjoining districts, the sources said.
In Jehanabad, RJD supporters disrupted train services and raised slogans against the state government for failure to prevent the serial blasts in Bodh Gaya town yesterday.
There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere due to the bandh called by the RJD and the BJP, police sources said.
“We did not close the temple anytime after yesterday’s incident. Morning prayers did take place as usual at 5:30 a.m.”
“The blasts took place around the same time. Prayers were again held yesterday evening from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. Prayers were again held today morning from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m,” he said.
“A special prayer will be performed from 5 p.m. today with participation of monks from all monasteries. public after that,” Gaya DM D Balamurgan said. pti