Stray incidents of violence was reported in Kolkata on Wednesday as the supporters of Left and the Congress tried to enforce the 24-hour all India strike that was called by the central trade unions. Untill afternoon, there was a mixed response to the strike as shops in certain parts of the city and suburbs remained closed and there were fewer number of vehicles seen on road.
Suburban Railways services were also affected due to strike as protesters obstructed tracks and covered railway overhead wires with banana leaves. At Barasat, three crude bombs were retrieved from under the railway tracks.
The situation turned volatile at Jadavpur area in the southern parts of the city when the leader of Left Legislature Party and Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA Sujan Chakraborty was taken in custody by the police. Mr. Chakraborty was leading a rally in support of the strike.
The Left supporters attacked buses and vandalised police vehicles. Several rallies led by Left supporters blocked traffic at key arterial interactions in the city. Shops in Burrabazar area, the wholesale hub of the city remained closed.
In some districts, bandh supporters stopped public vehicles and forced people to come out of their vehicles.
At Siliguri in north Bengal, bandh supporters brought out rallies disrupting traffic. They attacked buses at Cooch Behar and Malda in north Bengal and Birbhum in south Bengal. ATM and banking services has also been severly affected by the strike
Inputs from THE HINDU