A 24-hour general strike in Tripura enforced by front groups of the opposition Congress party in support of their 45-point charter of demands affected normal life in the state Wednesday.
Most shops, businesses, and educational institutions remained closed with police arresting about 100 protestors from various parts of the state. "There were sporadic incidents of stone pelting from various part of the capital, but the strike was largely peaceful," a police official said.
Private vehicles went off the roads with attendance in most government and semi-government offices reported to be thin.
Rail traffic to and from Tripura was disrupted but Indian Airlines and other flight operators ran their schedule.
The strike was called by the Youth Congress, Pradesh Mahila Congress, Seva Dal, and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC).
They are protesting among other things land acquisition and police killings at Nandigram and Singur in West Bengal, alleged corruption in Tripura and in distribution of government jobs, besides demanding economic rehabilitation of people affected due to the barbed wire fencing along the border with Bangladesh.
The ruling Left Front government has denied the charges.
"Not a single instance of irregularity wase found in distributing government jobs with authorities firmly tackling any kind of corruption charges," said Gautam Das, Left Front spokesperson.