The Vyara Bandh called by Tapi district Congress president was peaceful with many shops and business establishments remaining closed.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Tushar Chaudhary, who was protesting against beating up of tribal women, also ended his indefinite hunger strike after his demands were accepted by the Collector, including promise to take action against the police officer who allegedly led the lathicharge on protesting women.
Since the past two days, Chaudhary along with Tapi district Congress president Mavji Chaudhary and others had been on an indefinite hunger strike outside the collectorate at Vyara. The district Congress leaders had declared a bandh at Vyara town on Friday to condemn the police acrtion against the tribal women.
Colleges remained closed, but schools kept functioning due to the ongoing examinations.
At 11am, Tapi District Collector Ranjeet Kumar met Chaudhary and the others, where they were agitating and requested him to break the fast.
A delegation of the Congress workers had, on Friday afternoon, met the collector and put forward their demand for changing the newly installed power meters and issue normal usage bills to the people. They also demanded that Deputy Superintendent of Police B Z Patel, who had given the lathicharge order, be suspended and action be taken against him.
While Chaudhary and the others broke their fast in the evening, Tapi district Congress leader Mavjibhai Chaudhary (64), who was also on fast for the past two days, fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The process of lodging a complaint against Dy SP B Z Patel has been initiated and the police have recorded the statements of the two women, Aruna Nitin Gamit (32) and Reema Gamit (31), who were severely wounded in the lathicharge.
Congress MP from Surat Bardoli seat Tushar Chaudhary said, “We thank the people of Vyara who supported us on the bandh. We will raise this issue at the National Commission for Women at New Delhi. Our core committee team will do regular follow-ups over the demands which was accepted by the Collector.”