Strike hits life in WB, 1,243 held
Kolkata, Sept 7 (PTI) The nationwide strike by trade unions against price rise paralysed normal life in Left-ruled West Bengal, which virtually took the shape of a ‘Bangla Bandh’, with over 1,000 arrests being made.
The metropolis wore a deserted look with offices, shops, bazars, commercial establishments and educational institutions closed and state and private buses off the roads.
Barring Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, no minister attended the state secretariat, where out of a total of 6,000 employees only 60 were present.
Three IAS and three IPS officers attended office at the secretariat.
Muslim dominated areas were, however, exempted from the purview of the strike by the CITU because of Ramzan.
Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surjit Kar Purakayastha said 1,200 Trinamool Congress workers were arrested for demonstrating near the office of Howrah district magistrate for violating prohibitory orders