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September 13, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Tamil Nadu Bandh

State government offices, banks, shops, hospitals were closed. The roads wore a deserted look, except for a few private cars and taxis.

By: Editorial |
Updated: September 13, 2021 3:46:14 am
This is the front page of The Indian Express published on September 13, 1981.

The state government-sponsored bandh in Tamil Nadu against the atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka was almost total and peaceful, barring a few incidents of stone throwing and obstruction of trains in some parts of the state. Except for some central services like post offices, ports, railways and Indian Airlines flights and some essential services like hospitals, chemists, milk supply and the press, all activity was paralysed in the state. State government offices, banks, shops, hospitals were closed. The roads wore a deserted look, except for a few private cars and taxis. A skeleton suburban service was, however, maintained. Chief Minister M G Ramachandran in a statement thanked the people and parties in the state for making the bandh a success.

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