Normal life was affected in parts of Assam, including its capital Guwahati, on Wednesday by a Left trade union sponsored 24-hour industrial strike that halted flights to Kolkata.
Official sources said no untoward incident had been reported so far but hundreds of CPI, CPI-M, CPI-ML and AISF picketers were picked up from several areas of the state for attempting to block movement of trains and traffic on the national highwys.
In the strike hit areas, including Guwahati, markets, shops, and banks kept their shutters down, educational institutions remained closed, while all public transport vehicles were off the roads, the sources said.
Though government offices were open, attendance was thin as the employees could not reach their work places due to absence of public transport, the sources said.
CPI-M picketers attempted to block train movement at Rangia and here but after they were removed, through traffic continued unaffected.
All flights between Guwahati and Kolkata were cancelled on Wednesday even as the flights to the other North East destinations, Delhi and Mumbai operated as usual, the sources added.
The strike was called by Left trade unions against surging inflation, price rise and the "anti-people" economic policies of the Centre.