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Bharat bandh gets partial response in Dehradun 
Markets at Chakrata Road, Paltan Bazaar and Dhamawala closed till 2 pmProtesters demand rollback of diesel price hike, cap on LPG.




Dehradun, September 20
Bharat bandh called by Left parties, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) against the diesel price hike, cap on LPG cylinders and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector received a partial response in the
city today.
The traders’ associations along with lawyers supported the bandh. Some marketplaces like Chakrata Road, Paltan Bazaar and Dhamawala remained closed and the traders held a march there. However, almost all markets opened after 2 pm.
The bandh passed off peacefully with no major untoward incident being reported. Police deployment was beefed up throughout the town, especially in areas where rallies were planned.
The CPI, the CPM, the SP, the JD (S) and the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party held a joint scooter rally. The rally began from the old bus stand and culminated back there after passing through all important junctions of the city. Another group also held a procession from the old bus stand that moved through Gandhi Park and Clock Tower and ended at the bus stand itself. They also burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the FDI near Gandhi Park.
The traders held a march that started from Siddharth Hotel at Darshani Gate and passed through Clock Tower, Paltan Bazaar, Dhamawala and Chakrata Road. They also burnt an effigy of the Central government.
All political parties, which protested today, demanded rollback of hike in diesel price, quashing of cap on LPG cylinders and FDI in retail. The speakers said the people were not willing to pay the increased price of diesel anymore.
They added the subsidy cap of six LPG cylinders was unviable and unjustified. They also opposed the FDI in the retail sector that would eliminate businesses of small retailers.


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