The Goa bandh called by the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) was successful as all the markets in the major cities of Goa remained closed, most of the schools were also closed and attendance in government offices was thin. There were no incidents of violence reported except for some stray stoning of buses.
The success was not only because of the support to the call but also fear that establishments that remain open may be stoned or damaged. As for schools, many managements sent an advisory to parents that schools will function depending upon the attendance because of which most parents preferred to keep their children home.
Life in the State was totally paralysed as the buses also remained off the road. Even the state owned Kadamba Transport Corporation began plying its buses on trunk routes only after 11 am and that too with police protection. However, there were very few passengers.
Police were seen at every place and specially at the schools that did function where anxious parents also kept vigil.
Buses were reportedly stoned in Margao and Bicholim while there were also reports of some buses sponsored under the Indira Bal Rath Yojna to take students to schools being stoned.