Public life in Kolkata remained relatively unaffected while that in some districts of Bengal were partially affected early on Thursday morning due to the 12-hour Bharat bandh called by the NDA.
The chief secretary issued a circular on Tuesday appealing to government employees to report for work. The Mamata Banerjee administration already set a benchmark of work culture, when on the Bharat bandh on February 28, it forced the employees to come to work by threatening to deduct salary and even enforce a discontinuation of service.
Bandh supporters succeeded in blocking train services in some sections of Sealdah section.
Reports of sporadic violence were reported from some areas of North 24 Parganas (a district adjoining Kolkata) where bandh supporters damaged government buses and private vehicles. Police struggled to tame bandh supporters at Barasat as they were outnumbered by the protesters.
Bandh supporters blocked different points of NH 34 that provide the vital link between Kolkata and the North East bringing traffic to a standstill. Most of these points of blockade were in North 24 Parganas district.
In the city auto rickshaws, taxis and many government buses were seen out on the streets though private vehicles, including buses, were relatively fewer in number. The metro services were also normally running.
Like any other bandh day, the administration deployed thousands of policemen in the city from morning.
The blockade of trains inconvenienced common people to a great extent though at a few places police succeeded in removing the blockade.