Siliguri, Oct 30 (UNI) The SUCI-sponsored 12-hour bandh, called throughout the state today, put life on hold in North Bengal.
However, the strike was reportedly peaceful.
Six districts, in this part of the state, experienced a black-day today. Private shops, shopping malls, market complexes remained closed. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions were also closed.
Private transporters remained off the roads since the morning.
But government offices and tea gardens were open. Inspector General of Police, North Bengal, R J S Nalwa told UNI that the strike is still going on peacefully.
He reported that police will remain alert in all these six districts. Additional forces had been deployed in some sensitive places like Siliguri, Jalpaiguri.
The picketeers tried to stop commuters from boarding onto hired vehicles at the Siliguri Junction. Police, have, however, anaged to bring the situation under control. Five picketers have been arrested so far in this connection.