Bandh hits normal life in West Bengal, 350 held

Train services have been affected badly in the strike called by the Opposition in protest against violence in Nandigram.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 14:33 IST

Normal life was hit across West Bengal on Monday during the state-wide bandh called by the opposition parties in protest against the violence in Nandigram, with 350 arrested for trying to enforce the shutdown.

Streets in the metropolis wore a deserted look as most private buses, mini buses and taxis remained off the roads. Only some state-run buses and trams could be seen. Metro services, however, were normal.

IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said that 350 people were arrested from various parts of the state for trying to enforce the bandh, but no major incident was reported till noon.

Senior Congress leader and former city Mayor Subrata Mukherjee was arrested from the Gariahat area in south Kolkata while leading a procession in support of the bandh called by Trinamool Congress, Congress and some other parties.

Kanojia said that normal attendance was reported at the Kolkata and Haldia ports, the industrial belt and the IT hub at Salt Lake Sector-V.

Train services were affected in both the Eastern and the South Eastern Railway with bandh supporters squatting on the tracks, railway sources said. Some long-distance trains arrived at and departed from the Howrah and Sealdah stations before the bandh began.

Nearly 20 members of the SUCI, the state's lone Left opposition, were arrested when they tried to storm the state secretariat, police said.

The Rapid Action Force lathicharged Trinamool Congress and Congress supporters who brickbatted and injured a policeman on Hazra Road in south Kolkata, they said.

First Published: Jan 08, 2007 09:15 IST