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One Protest, many travails

WITH THE people showing indifference to the SP-sponsored general strike against the Congress-led UPA Government, the party activists resorted to violence in various parts of State to force closure of commercial establishments. They also disrupted train and vehicular traffic. Though the party had given a call for general strike, not bandh, to ensure voluntary participation of the people in the stir against price hike of petrol, diesel and other commodities, it failed to get a proper response and so its activists indulged in brick-batting and firing in the air to create panic.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 01:26 IST

Violence at several places

WITH THE people showing indifference to the SP-sponsored general strike against the Congress-led UPA Government, the party activists resorted to violence in various parts of State to force closure of commercial establishments. They also disrupted train and vehicular traffic.

Though the party had given a call for general strike, not bandh, to ensure voluntary participation of the people in the stir against price hike of petrol, diesel and other commodities, it failed to get a proper response and so its activists indulged in brick-batting and firing in the air to create panic.

The police remained a mute spectator as the SP workers went berserk. In Lucknow the strike failed to evoke response, except in Hazratganj area, where a protest march was taken out. In Alambagh, SP activists fired in the air to scare away people.

In Kanpur, SP activists indulged in violence with traders. They went around the city pressurising shopkeepers to pull down shutters. However, in Gorakhpur the strike was peaceful.

According to information from Allahabad, Basti and Sant Kabir Nagar SP activists disrupted train traffic for nearly two hours. They stormed the railway stations and stopped movement of Vaishali Express, Gorakhpur-Gonda Express, Rapti Sagar Express and some goods trains. Road traffic was also disrupted because of the blockade on Lucknow-Gorakhpur route in Basti.

There was also reports of mixed response to the strike call from Pratapgarh, Bijnore, Mainpuri and other places. Road blockades were put up at several places in Mainpuri. In Pratapgarh, train movement was disrupted. In Allahabad, where SP vice-president Janeshwar Mishra led the protest, there was no response to the call. The workers pressured the traders to close shops.

A report from Varanasi said the strike was complete in the city and adjoining districts with SP activists forcibly getting shops closed.

Train services were disrupted for some time by activists at Cantonment station. Roads wore a deserted look as people preferred to stay away.

The administration had deployed security personnel at prominent places to ward off any untoward incident. Attendance in government and private offices was thin due to lack of transport facility.