As information about the home guards blocking rail and road traffic in all 38 districts came in, Home Guard Director General (DG) P N Rai appealed to the agitators to come back on duty.

"We appeal to the home guards on strike to resume duty immediately. We'll consider their demands sympathetically," Rai urged, adding that alternative arrangements have been made by drawing in personnel from the District Armed Police, Bihar Military Police, Special Auxiliary Police and CRPF.

The home guards blocked National Highway-31 in Kishanganj for several hours, leading to stoppage of movement of goods in North Bihar. In Patna, they blocked traffic at several places, while in Bettiah in West Champaran district they pelted stones at police, he added.

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