Normal life was hit in Shimla as a complete bandh was observed to the shutdown call by various Hindu organisations. The markets remained closed till 2 p.m. to protest the slaughter of a cow in Nerwa in Shimls district.
The shutdown call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was complete and passed off peacefully, barring a few skirmishes.
Activists of the Bajrang Dal and other organisations staged demonstrations and forced the shopkeepers to close their shops. The bandh was supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party as the local MLA Suresh Bhardwaj and BJP Shimla city president and vice-chairmen of Himachal Urban Development Authority Ganesh Dhutt.,joined the protest.
In the violence-hit villages of Nerwa and Chopal shops too remained closed today. No report of untoward incidents was reported from anywhere so far.
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister has made an appeal to the people of the state to keep restraint and not allow to rise communal disharmony in the light of incident in Nerwa area of Shimla district.
Chief Minister who is on tour to Costa Rica and United States these days in a press statement said the people of the state should maintain communal harmony and peace for which it was known. He said that the people of all class, creed and religion live here together as brethren and they should maintain such traditions.
Congress leaders in the state are yet to come out with a word on the entire incident.