Trinamool clashes with SUCI at Cooch Behar
The nationwide bandh on Thursday paralysed normal life in most parts of North Bengal barring a few pockets as the bandh supporters’ ransacked government buses and Trinamool supporters clashed with SUCI activists at Cooch Behar.kolkata Updated: Sep 21, 2012 11:32 IST
The nationwide bandh on Thursday paralysed normal life in most parts of North Bengal barring a few pockets as the bandh supporters’ ransacked government buses and Trinamool supporters clashed with SUCI activists at Cooch Behar.
Two North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) buses and one south Bengal State Transport Corporation vehicle were ransacked in North Dinajpur. Most towns in the region wore a deserted look as shops downed shutters, schools were closed and attendance at government office was thin.
Trinamool Congress supporters clashed with SUCI activists at Cooch Behar’s Harishpal Chowpaty. The SUCI supporters had stopped a bus when they were attacked. In another incident at Mathabhanga, Trinamool supporters clashed with traders supporting the bandh.
Thirty people were arrested from across Cooch Behar.
In North Dinajpur, CPI(M) supporters ransacked a NBSTC bus at Udaipur. The bus was on its way to Balurghat from Raiganj. The driver of the bus was injured. Another bus was ransacked at Islampur. Twenty-one persons were arrested from the district.
In Siliguri, the bandh was total as supporters and opponents of the strike took out rallies. Three persons were arrested from Jalpaiguri town.
There was a mixed reaction to the bandh in the tea gardens. Supporters of trade unions like Progressive Tea Workers Union, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union joined duty while others stayed away. However, train services were not disrupted.