Guwahati: Surface transport in Assam came to
a near standstill on Tuesday as vehicles kept off the road in
response to a 24-hour `chakka bandh` to protest against hike
in fuel prices.
The strike began at 6 a m today and all private long
distance and city buses, mini buses, taxis went off the roads
but auto-rickaws and private vehicles plied as usual. Only a
few state-owned Assam State Transport Corporation buses
operated, official sources said.
Save a few instances of stone pelting no major incident
had been reported so far, the sources said.
Commuters and office goers were greatly inconvenienced by
the strike and most could not avail of any transport leading
to thin attendance in the offices.
Business establishments and shops too were closed for the
Schools and colleges remained closed and exams were
The strike was called by Assam chapter of All India Road
Transport Workers Federation and was supported by the Left
parties, trade unions and most of the transport operators.