The ‘Bidar bandh’ called by various organisations on Friday to protest against the delay in starting the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity express train and changing the timings of the Nanded-Bangalore express train was peaceful and almost total . Most shops remained closed and North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation buses did not operate its services till afternoon. Government offices and schools remained open, while some private schools had declared a holiday.
In the morning, youth took out a motorcycle rally in the city and urged shopkeepers to down shutters.
Later, they gathered at Ambedkar Circle and raised slogans against the Union government. They also raised slogans against N. Dharam Singh, MP, and other local leaders for not lobbying hard enough with Railway Minister Mukul Roy for fulfilling the long pending demands of the district. Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry president B.G. Shetkar said that the Centre had failed to realise that changing the timings of Nanded express train, to make it an overnight train from Bidar to Bangalore, would improve governance in the district and boost trade and tourism. Mr. Shetkar said the Union government and Railway Board were “insensitive” to the demands of the district. Ramesh Pande, former MLA, said that the board was unnecessarily delaying running the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity express train that was announced in this year’s Railway Budget. Later, they marched to the Railway station and blocked the Nanded-Bangalore express train and the Hyderabad-Purna passenger train. Some protesters climbed on top of the train engines and raised slogans against the Centre. The BCCI and several other organisations had called for the bandh.
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