Surface transport in Assam came to a near standstill today 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 same reason.
Schools and colleges remained closed and exams were rescheduled.
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.