Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling LDF-sponsored
dawn-to-dusk strike in Kerala to protest hike in prices of
petroleum products crippled normal life today but passed off
without any major untoward incident.
Shops, business establishments and schools were closed and
vehicles went off the roads. Only a few private vehicles and
Candidates, who were to appear for UPSC examinations, had
a tough time reaching the centres. Examinations of Kerala
Public Service Commission and Kerala University scheduled for
the day have been postponed to another date.
Long distance travellers who reached by train from
different places were put to hardship. Many had to spend the
day at railway stations.
State government offices and banks functioned with very
Police said protest marches were held in different parts
of the state demanding immediate rollback of the prices. In
Kannur, protesters burnt Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
Stray stone-throwing incidents and road blocks were
reported, mainly in Kozhikode and Kannur districts.
Police said no major incident was reported. In Kozhikode,
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operated services to
Wayanad and Palakkad with police escort.