Bengal bandh affects life, many trains cancelled
Life was thrown out of gear in West Bengal and movement of trains hit during the 12-hour bandh called by Left parties on Thursday to protest against the hike in fuel prices.
Long distance and EMU trains services were affected due to blockades at different stations in Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda divisions since early morning, Eastern Railway sources here said.
As many as 16 trains including Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express, Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express, Udyan Abha Toofan Express, Howrah-Dehradoon Express, Kanchunjungha Express and Ananya Express were cancelled, a E R release said.
City streets wore a deserted look as all vehicles were off the roads.
Shops, markets and educational institutions remained closed in the city which also witnessed heavy rains.
IGP (law and order) Raj Kanojia said bandh supporters put up road and rail blockades at some places but no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state.
Various airlines suspended flights from Kolkata during the bandh period today. Before the bandh period, 23 flights belonging to various airlines took off for their destinations in different parts of the country, airport sources said.