Patna, May 31 - More than 2500 NDA activists, including JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav and BJP national spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain were detained today as they tried to enforce the 12-hour Bharat bandh which hit normal life badly in Bihar.
Private bus operators suspended their services across the state as bandh supporters burnt tyres and logs on the state and national highways to enforce the bandh.
Bandh supporters blocked railway tracks in Patna, Sitamarhi, Samastipur and Saharsa. Several trains were running behind their schedule, sources said.
They also blocked national highways at different places in Aurangabad, Sitamarhi, Motihari, Muzaffarpur and Purnia. Yadav was taken into custody when he took out procession in Saharsa town to enforce the call while Hussain, was detained in Bhagalpur town, officials said.
Talking to reporters, Yadav demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resign immediately for "failure" of his government to control the spiralling prices of petroleum products and essential commodities.
Several other senior JD(U) and BJP leaders like MP Arjun Rai were also detained while trying to enforce the bandh call at different places in the state.
Major shops, business establishments and schools remained closed in Patna, Saharsa, Motihari, Bettiah, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi and Madhubani districts. Vehicular traffic too plied in depleted numbers in these towns.
Hundreds of vehicles were seen standing on the roads at different places in the state. Attendance at state government offices was partially affected because of inadequate transport. In the state capital, ruling BJP and JD(U) activists burnt tyres on the busy Bailey Road and Ashok Rajpath and tried to prevent movement of private vehicles on roads.
Shops in major markets in Maurya Lok, Hathua Market, Khetan Market, besides several showrooms downed their shutters because of the bandh called to protest against the petrol price hike. PTI