Kolkata: Normal life today remained largely
unaffected here due to the general strike called to protest
"anti-labour" policies of the government, with Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee warning state government employees that
absence from duty will be treated as a break in service.
State government-run buses, taxis, trams, trains and
Metro rail services were no
rmal though private buses were
plying in fewer number.
Flight operations from NSC Bose international airport
here were normal. All morning flights of Air-India and other
private airlines left Kolkata airport as schedule, sources
"Everything has been normal so far. Things are going on
well. Tight security arrangements are in place with 400 police
pickets set up in various parts of the city," City police
commissioner R K Pachnanda said.
"Twenty-five flying squads are patrolling the city to
prevent any disruption in law and order. Senior police
officers, including the deputy commissioners of police, are
overseeing the law and order situation," Pachnanda said.
Director General of Police, Naparajit Mukherjee said
that situation has been normal in the districts. Some arrests
have been made in certain places including Hasnabad and
Madhyamgram for obstructing traffic, he said.
Railway sources said the train services in Howrah,
Asansol and Malda division of Eastern Railway are normal.
Major unions have called a countrywide strike to protest
the "anti-labour" policies of the government, rising prices
and disinvestment of PSUs.
Bandh supporters blocked railway tracks in some places in
The spokesperson for South Eastern Railway, Soumitra
Majumder, said, "Train services have been normal. All trains
have reached Howrah station and morning trains have left from
Howrah to respective destinations as per schedule."
State Transport minister Madan Mitra, who stayed
overnight at the control room at Netaji Indoor Stadium to
ensure normal flow of traffic, said that he has received
information that state-run buses in north Bengal were plying
"People are joining work ignoring the bandh call. They
have responded to the call given by Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee to keep the state moving and not to join any bandh
which cripple economy," Mitra said.
Employees at Writers` Buildings (state secretariat) spent
the night at respective departments to join work today.