Jhadgram: The two-day Maoist Bharat Bandh in protest of the recent killing of Mallojula Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji in West Bengal received a lukewarm response and no untoward incident was reported during this period.

Situation remained normal in West Bengal on the concluding day today of  Bharat bandh called by the red rebels. No information of disruption caused by the Maoist was received from any part of West Bengal.

Keeping the possibilities of a Maoist backlash in mind, the state authorities cancelled long-distance buses and trucks were kept off the road. Heavy police force was deployed on the highway routes.

Train services remained normal with pilot engines escorting the trains. In Jhargram town, banks, Post Offices and shops remained closed and heavy vehicle movement came to a standstill in Purulia and Bankura districts.

Trinamool Congress workers took out a procession in the Raipur police station area of Jhargram opposing the bandh, the sources said. Shopkeepers kept their shutters down in Raipur, Ranibandh, Sarenga and Simplipal areas.

(JPN/ Bureau)