Gwalior: In protest to Jyotiraditya Scindia silence on Jan Lokpal Bill and extend their support to Anna Hazare's fight against corruption, the denizens of Gwalior called for shutdown here on Thursday.

The bandh was basically called by Indian Against Corruption. Extending massive support, the city came to a standstill as schools, colleges and shops remained closed and vehicular movement was virtually paralysed.

Protestors tried to stage demonstration outside Scindia's residence, Jayvilas Palace, but were stopped from entering the palace by the Police.

Sub-urban areas like Mushkar, Murar and Hazeer too witnessed bandh. The markets remained closed throughout the day.  Even children who reached schools and colleges were asked to return home.

Extending support for the nationwide movement, auto and bus drivers did not run their vehicles. People were seen protesting at Maharaj Baade, the heart of city. Young college students took out rallies from every nook and corner of the city to show their support for Jan Lokpal Bill. Even the high court and district court remained closed for the day.

It is for the first time that Gwalior observed such a massive shut down in response to a call given by a non-political organisation.

Even after the daylong protest, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia continued with his silence on Jan Lokpal Bill.

JPN/Bureau