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Price rise protest sparks traffic jam, Wazirpur factories face ransacking.

New Delhi, April 28 -- Protesting against price rise, supporters of Left parties and allies created disturbance in the Wazirpur Industrial area on Tuesday.

A massive traffic jam was reported in the area following the ruckus created by the demonstrators. A senior police officer said: "We received a call in the morning that some protesters are creating nuisance in Wazirpur Industrial area. Acting on the information, additional force was deployed at the spot. It took around half-an-hour to control the situation." The officer further said the protest led to a traffic jam in the area.

"The protesters targeted some factories in Wazirabad Industrial area. Nobody has been arrested in this connection so far. Further investigation is on," DCP (North-West) NS Bundela said.

On the other hand, locals alleged that in the name of protest some anti-social elements created ruckus and damaged shops and factories. "Some local workers mingled with the protesters and created nuisance in the area. The glasses of factories were broken. Scared factory owners locked their factories, but protesters broke the locks and entered the units. Amid all chaos, police arrangements appeared too small," said an eyewitness.

However, police have ruled out occurrence of such incidents. "It is yet to be investigated if anti-social elements were creating nuisance in the name of protest," Bundela added.

Meanwhile, the bandh failed to evoke any response in the remaining parts of the Capital with vehicles plying as usual and shops and offices functioning normally. Shops were open and attendance was normal in offices and educational institutions.

Those supporting the bandh call took out a peaceful march in Central Delhi's Daryaganj area that affected traffic movement in Walled City area.

Notably, Left parties and 12 other non-Congress, non-BJP parties called the bandh to protest against the Government's failure to check rise in prices of essential commodities.

On April 21, the main Opposition BJP had also organised a massive rally to protest against escalating prices of essential commodities.

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