SUCI-sponsored bandh leaves little effect on Bengal

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Kolkata, Oct 30: The SUCI-sponsored 12-hour "Bengal Bandh" today failed to impact the city even as security measures were beefed up to prevent any untoward incident.

The bandh was called by the SUCI over "corruption" in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and punishment to police officials, allegedly involved in the Rizwanur Rehman case.

However, life remained normal in the city with most of the government and private buses plying. Most of the taxis were also on the road. All the offices, schools and financial institutions were open and people found little resistance while commuting.

The bandh had no effect on the Air-traffic and all flights were on schedule at the NSCBI domestic and international airports. Metro railway authorities confirmed that normal schedules were being followed for train services.

Train services remained normal at Sealdah and Howrah barring a few stray incidents.

The state government said it was all set to handle any untoward incident that may occur during the bandh. In their effort to maintain law and order throughout the state, the state Home department had brought the entire state under strong security cover.

Security arrangements had been beefed up in all the districts with additional forces being deployed in every nook and corner.

Forces had also been on stand-by in case of any emergency situation.

However, the Left Coordination Committee-sponsored nationwide strike had its effect on the government offices with the Writers' Buildings waearing deserted look.


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