Bangla bandh peaceful, 250 arrested
The 12-hour Bangla Bandh called by the Trinamool Congress and SUCI to protest the price rice on Monday hit normal life in West Bengal but was shortened by two hours to end at 4:00 pm as it was the wedding season.
The roads were almost deserted in the metropolis with an occasional bus to be seen, while shops, markets, offices and educational institutions were closed.
The shutdown was peaceful, with 250 bandh supporters arrested for obstructing road and rail traffic, IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told reporters here.
Eight state buses were damaged by bandh supporters at EM Bypass, he said.
Another state bus was damaged at Mahestala in South 24 Parganas with the driver injured by bandh supporters, the district police said.
Kanojia said most private buses were off the roads, though a few ran in the morning, but passengers were few.
Transport Minister Subhas Chakraborty said he had instructed both government and private operators to run buses in the evening after the bandh was over.
Chakraborty, however, expressed concern over the rising prices of essential commodities.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee led a procession at Hazra crossing to protest the price rise and announced that the duration of the bandh was being shortened by two hours following request by people as it was the wedding season.