Violent protests over English language issue rock Goa

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Jun 6 (PTI) Panaji, Road traffic has been paralysed in Goa, as protesters have descended on roads to enforce the ‘Goa bandh’ over state government’s decision to grant recognition to English as a Medium of Instruction in primary schools.

Goa government had recently decided to recognise English as an MOI, alongwith Marathi and Konkani and to give grants to English-medium schools.

But the decision has led to howls of protest, with the fear that it would undercut the vernacular-medium schools.

Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch has given a call for strike, which is supported by BJP, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Shiv Sena and backed by 67 institutions in the state.

Since morning, no buses could ply on the inter-city routes. A few buses were seen on city roads here, with a few passengers.

Most schools remained closed, though today was the first day of the new academic year.

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