Petrol hike: LDF, BJP observe hartal in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: The dawn-to dusk hartal called separately by LDF and BJP in Kerala to protest the increase in petrol price partially affected normal life across the state today.
Early reports from different districts said shops remained closed in cities and towns and private buses were largely off the roads.
Private vehicles are plying and no violence has been reported from anywhere, police said.
The pro-Left transport sector unions have pledged support to the shut-down call.
Emergency services, healthcare, milk supply and media have been exempted from the hartal.
The hartal call crippled normal life in Malabar region.
The strike was near total in Kozhikode city with private vehicles including buses, trucks and autorickshaw off the roads.
In Kasargod district, state transport buses did not ply. Buses from neighbouring Mangalore in Karnataka to the district also did not operate their services, police said.
However, some small business establishments remained open.
State transport buses also remained off the road,
No untoward incidents had been reported anywhere from Malabar area till now, police said.
Last night the BJP, AIYF and DYFI had taken out protest rallies in the region against the petrol price hike.
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