Bandh supporters block roads, railway routes in WB

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Kolkata, May 31: Supporters of the 12-hour bandh called by the NDA to protest the recent petrol price hike staged disrupted road and rail traffic in some districts of West Bengal. They also blocked the Howrah bridge, a key entry to the Kolkata metropolis.

Reports of road blockades came from Barasat, Budge Budge, Bankura and some other parts. Incidents where the bandh supporters ransacked buses also occurred in some parts, police said.

In the state capital, buses, private cars, taxis and trams were found plying, though in less numbers. There was no report of any violence in the city, police said. Airport sources said there was no cancellation of any flight. South Eastern Railway sources said all their long-distance trains reached Howrah station on time. Metro railway service was also running smoothly, informed the authorities.

The state government has made an elaborate security arrangement for the bandh. It had also issued a circular warning government employees against any leave on the bandh day. "All state government offices will remain open and all government officers and employees should report for duty. Government employees will not be granted any leave on May 31," Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh said in a circular on Wednesday.

PTI

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