Cow bandh in Gujarat turns out to be a damp squib

Shutdown fails to garner response outside Saurashtra; 110 detained

Rajkot: Nearly 110 cow protection activists were rounded up from various parts of Saurashtra amid a Gujarat bandh call given by ‘Gau Raksha Ekta Samiti’ in support of their demand for declaring cow as ‘Rashtra Mata’.

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The bandh got a mixed response in Rajkot district and some parts of Saurashtra. However, the shutdown did not have much pull outside Saurashtra region. In Rajkot city, most of the shops located in the main market in Dharmendra Road area were closed in the morning hours, while shops and offices remained unaffected. The Gau Samiti exempted educational institutes and health care services from the bandh.

“We detained 15 persons who were protesting at Trikaun Baugh area. There was a report of road blockade. Barring this, the bandh was observed in a peaceful manner,” Pradhyuman Nagar police inspector Manish Nakum said.

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