West Bengal bandh peaceful; normal life paralysed
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Last Updated: Monday, July 05, 2010, 20:30
Kolkata: The nation-wide bandh called by the Left and opposition parties against rise in prices of petroleum products was peaceful in West Bengal, but paralysed normal life totally.

MP Tarun Mondal along with 109 supporters of SUCI, a left opposition party, were arrested for violating permanent prohibitory orders in force before the Raj Bhavan, IGP (Law and Order) S Karpurakayastha said.

The bandh was peaceful throughout the state, he said, adding tea gardens and the IT sector functioned normally.

Though Metro Rail services operated normally in the metropolis, trains services, including long-distance and EMU local trains were stopped by the bandh supporters at various stations.

Air-India operated five domestic flights, including Kolkata-Delhi and Kolkata-Mumbai and the Kolkata-Singapore international flight from the N S C Bose International Airport, Airport sources said, adding private airlines did not operate flights.

Roads wore a deserted look in the capital city as public transports were not plying and business establishments were closed.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was the only minister to attend office at the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings, where just 17 officials, including Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen and Home secretary Samar Ghosh, were present.

Asked if absence of employees would result in their paycut, Ghosh said as per rules, attendance below five per cent of total staff strength was considered a special holiday.

This was the second bandh in the state after the one on June 26 on the same issue.

Meanwhile, the IGP said special security measures have been taken in view of the 48-hour bandh called by Maoists from July 7 in protest against the killing of its spokesperson, Azad in an alleged fake encounter with the police in Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh.


First Published: Monday, July 05, 2010, 20:30

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