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Bandh stalls life in Goa
October 20, 2008 13:06 IST
The day-long shut down call is in protest of the increasing instances of desecration of idols in temples across the state.
The shut down call given by the Mandir Suraksha Samiti has representation from organisations like the Bajrang Dal and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party too has extended its support for the bandh, which according to them, is a protest against state's deteriorating law and order situation.
Majority of the offices struck work on Monday and various establishments remained closed as employees did not turn up.
There were also incidents of stone pelting reported where a bus run by Kadamba Transport Corporation was stoned by protestors at Mapusa town. Police confirmed that eight people have been arrested in this connection.
"Now the situation is under control. There were some road blockages which are cleared," superintendent of police (North) Bosco George told PTI.
Goa has witnessed around 500 desecrations so far, mostly in the temples located in isolated rural areas.
The Goa government has declared the bandh illegal and has appealed to the people not to co-operate with it.
Despite government appeals and strong police presence, the bandh remained successful in major parts of Goa including the capital city of Panaji.
Earlier, The Goa church had condemned desecration of idols in the state."It is a matter of serious concern that our state is witnessing an increased number of desecration of Hindu places of worship," Father Francisco Caldeira, director, Diocesan centre for Social Communication Media, Goa church's wing, said.
Fatherr Caldeira said that the desecration is a dangerous trend for the social fabric of Goa, which is known to be a land of religious harmony and amity.
"While we condemn such acts of cowardice and vandalism against religious places, we express our unstinted solidarity with the aggrieved community and we appeal for peace to be maintained at all costs. We call upon the concerned authorities to bring the culprits to book," the church has said.
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