Normal life unaffected in state

first_imgKolkata: The foolproof measures of the state government ensured that normal life remained largely unaffected in Bengal on the first day of the two-day nationwide strike on Tuesday by the trade unions.The state government offices, educational institutions and even private companies recorded normal attendance. The IT sector and Port activities were normal and so were attendance at tea gardens. Attendance at Nabanna, New Secretariat buildings and other state offices in different parts of the city and the state recorded above 95 percent attendance. The attendance at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was 96 percent. “The attendance today (Tuesday) was more than the average attendance that usually hovers around 90 percent,” a senior official of the KMC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeState Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Tuesday that the trade union bandh in the state has been a total flop. “A number of buses have been ransacked by the bandh supporters in a desperate effort to enforce bandh in the state. But transport services have remained normal and more government buses were pressed into service. The people have completely rejected the bandh and have joined in their daily chores as they do on normal days. We have all arrangements in place and people will face no difficulty,” Adhikari said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe made it clear that if there is any damage to buses or other vehicles, the owner has to lodge an FIR in the police station within 24 hours and turn up at the Kasba office of the state Transport department with the FIR copy in 72 hours. “We will be offering compensation to all,” he assured. The bandh supporters resorted to hooliganism in parts of the state including Kolkata to disrupt normal life but the police thwarted all attempts and ensured normal activities. The worst form of atrocity was reported in the morning from Barasat in North 24-Parganas where bandh supporters tried to stop a school bus with school children. The bus driver was allegedly beaten up. The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has taken cognizance in regard to the attack. They have slapped a show-cause notice to Sujan Chakrabarty and other office bearers of the CPI(M). “The Commission is aggrieved over such dangerous, unconstitutional moves by a political party where even children are not being spared from violent demonstrations. It is a violation of child rights under the JJ Act,” a senior official of the Commission said. The state administration managed to thwart all sorts of attempts by bandh supporters to disrupt normal life. Bandh supporters also tried to set a state government bus on fire at Sovabazar in North Kolkata. A number of them including Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty and Anadi Sahu along with others were arrested from Jadavpur and Moulali respectively. Over 10,000 police personnel were deployed in the city along with an additional force of 5,000 to prevent any untoward incident. The Kolkata Police arrested 391 persons in connection with attempts of enforcing the bandh, the majority being from Central division. In the Hills, the bandh failed to make an impact. Shops, offices, business establishments, educational institutes remained open. There was normal traffic on the roads. Tea gardens in the Hills also remained open.last_img