The dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the CPI(Maoist)ís eastern Bihar-northern Jharkhand frontal special area committee on Sunday evoked a lukewarm response in the rural areas of eastern Bihar districts.
The shutdown was called in protest against the suspected killing of two party comrades.
The committee has also called another bandh in eastern Bihar districts on June 17 against the same.
Offices and establishments remained closed but in places like Jhajha and Simultala in Jamui and in the remote parts of Lakhisarai, Munger and Banka districts, markets remained closed owing to the bandh. People preferred to keep indoors in the fear of Maoists. Roads were deserted. No untoward incident was reported.
Earlier, the CPI(Maoist) spokesperson, Pragati, said that two active members of the committee, Rajendra Rai from Jaratard under Borba panchayat and Karo Rai of Manikbathan went to Bundeldih village under Chandan police station in Banka district on June 10 to settle a dispute in tribal society.
Two local criminals, Kali Yadav and Manoj Yadav, with the help of police, managed to eliminate the duo and also hid their bodies near Bundeldih, Pragati alleged. He said the organisation had condemned the deaths and called for another daylong bandh in eastern Bihar districts again on June 17.
Maoists in net
Three Maoists were arrested from Gaya and Jehanabad on Saturday and Sunday.
Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwary said Munarik Yadav was nabbed from Dumaria on Saturday.
He was wanted in at least six cases lodged with Dumaria police station. Another Maoist, Tulsi, was caught from Atri police station area in Gaya district.
On the other hand, one Bhim Sharma, alias Rakesh Sharma, was arrested from village Sugao in Jehanabad district. He was wanted in cases related to extortion. SP Aditya Kumar said he was forwarded to jail after interrogation.