Ankita murder: Bandh seeking CBI probe gets mixed response in U'khandOctober 02, 2022 15:58
A statewide bandh called by the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal on Sunday to demand a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Ankita Bhandari murder case evoked a mixed response.
Many shops in the main market areas here remained shut while several other establishments remained open for business as usual.
Some shop owners who had opened their business in the morning downed the shutters when bandh supporters descended on the streets shouting slogans and asked them to shut shops in solidarity.
"It is not a political fight. It is a fight to ensure the safety of our daughters. So, everyone should support the bandh," a woman protester said.
The bandh was near total in Bhandari's home district Pauri, where almost all the shops remained closed and traffic was thin.
Market areas in Kotdwar, Srinagar and Pauri also wore a deserted look.
Jeeps and taxis meant for local commute went completely off the roads in the border district of Chamoli.
Only roadways buses and the ones engaged for transporting pilgrims to Badrinath and Kedarnath were seen plying.
Apart from the suspension of vehicular traffic, commercial establishments also remained closed in Pindar valley in Chamoli district.
Bhandari, who worked as a receptionist at a resort in Yamkeshwar block of Pauri district, was killed allegedly by its owner Pulkit Arya, manager Saurabh Bhaskar and assistant manager Ankit Gupta when she resisted their attempts to force her to offer "extra services" to a VIP guest. -- PTI