Patna, Sep 26: In wake of a spike in crimes, Hundreds of businessmen raised anti-government slogans seeking security and forced the closure of shops and blocked roads in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Wednesday.
Agitated over the increasing attacks on the business community by criminals demanding protection money, the traders took to the streets to enforce a day-long shutdown in Ara.
Different groups carried out processions demanding protection from criminals, a district police official told media.
They blamed the administration for the deteriorating law and order situation in the town. “Police has failed to check and control crimes against us. We are the soft targets,” trader Kamla Singh said.
The Bihar Vayavasaik Sangharsh Morcha had called the shutdown and was supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist, Congress leaders from the area and others.