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Gujarat bandh: Scores of Cong leaders, supporters detained

Tight security is being maintained across the state to prevent any untoward incidence, police said. Congress workers were out on the streets to enforce the shut down, which has evoked a mixed response in the state.

The party workers and supporters tried to stop buses and trains form commuting here, but police detained them. Schools and colleges were functioning as usual in most parts of the state, officials said.

In the old city in Ahmedabad, Vadaj and some eastern parts, 80 per cent establishments were closed early morning. Over 60,000 police and other security personnel have been deployed across the state to maintain law and order situation in the wake of bandh call, they said. "Till now we have not received any reports of untoward incidents of violence," police said.

Twenty-four State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and six Rapid Action Force (RAF) battalions have been directed to be on alert to assist state police, they said. Crime Branch personnel have also been directed in every city to maintain vigil in sensitive areas.

According to reports coming from different cities and district headquarters, police detained several Congress leaders and workers, who came out in support of the bandh. (MORE) PTI
 

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