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Senamen try to enter BSE, trading unaffected

Last updated on: July 30, 2003 16:29 IST

About 100 Shiv Sainiks on Wednesday tried to enter the Stock Exchange, Mumbai, in an attempt to disrupt trading.

The agitators sought to stop trading at the exchange in support of the bandh. However, they withdrew after BSE executive director Manoj Vaish met them, BSE officials said.

Vaish said trading operations were normal and the agitation had not affected activity at the exchange.

Security has since been strengthened and the entry to BSE has now been restricted.

The agitators tried to enter the premises at the fag end of the trading hours.

The Shiv Sena had called a Mumbai bandh on Wednesday to protest against the against the state government's 'failure' to provide security to citizens following a bomb blast in a bus on Monday night in Ghatkopar.

The bandh was supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and many Muslim organisations.

Meanwhile, brokers in Mumbai said that notwithstanding the bandh call, trading activity in the market was brisk, although trading volumes were lower than on normal days.

The bandh had only a marginal impact on share trading due to the electronic and telephone-based transactions, as dealers operated through their BOLT terminals from their offices. Investors can also trading platforms from remote locations across the country.

The Sensex ended the day at a provisional close of 3784, 20 points above its previous close.

The NSE Nifty ended the day at a provisional close of 1182, 7 points above its previous close.
A Correspondent in Mumbai