PUNE: While the Bharat Bandh organisers had reportedly appealed to leave out schools, hospitals, from the Bharat Bandh that was observed on Monday to protest against the increasing prices of petrol, many schools in some pockets of the city remained closed because of instances of vandalisation as well as tension.
However, there were no effect of the bandh on the colleges and Savitribai Phule Pune University, which functioned as usual.
The school buses of Caelum High School in Undri, that left to pick up students was pelted with stones by some protesters on two-wheelers at 6.30 am. While no untoward incident happened as there were no children in any of the buses at the time of the incident, considering the tension in the area, the school management decided to give a holiday to the students.
“Three of our buses were vandalised. There were drivers and women attendants in those buses. Fortunately, none of them were injured. To ensure security of the students, we declared it a holiday, and immediately informed the parents and teachers,” Monika Thadani, Director, Caelum High School said.
Due to this incident, most of the schools in Undri and surrounding areas decided to give students a holiday. Schools in other areas like Kondhwa, Karve Nagar, Gokhale Nagar remained shut on Monday. Some schools, although open in the morning session, were shut for the afternoon batch. Also, as many schools sent the children home early, parents picking up the students was a general scene outside almost all the schools.
Sampat Pacharane, President, Pune District Students Transport Association said that 15 to 20 per cent of the school vans and buses were not operational due to the bandh. In some cases, the buses were not on the roads as the schools were given a holiday.