Violence, protest reported during Bharat Bandh on Sept 20

New Delhi, Sept 20: Stray incidents of violence and protest were reported on Thursday, Sept 20 when Samajwadi Party, Left parties and many others observed Bharat Bandh called by BJP-led NDA.

Samajwadi Party workers stopped trains in Allahabad while BJP and JD(U) workers disrupted train services in Varanasi and Patna. Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters were engaged in a clash with BJP party workers in Howrah, West Bengal.

The scuffle broke out between the two groups when two rallies, held by TMC and BJP, had a face to face encounter. TMC held the rally opposing the bandh called by BJP and others oppositions while BJP rally was held to ensure bandh in the city.

Meanwhile, reports surfaced that JD(U) workers blocked railway track and disrupted train services in Darbhanga and Samastipur in Bihar.

The nationwide strike by NDA and other opposition parties was called following Congress-led UPA government's decision to introduce Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and fuel price hike.

The strike left maximum impact on BJP-ruled states, especially in Karnataka. BMTC and KSRTC buses were kept off the roads in Bangalore while autos were plying in the city providing some relief to commuters.

Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party along with Left and TDP party workers are expected to stage protest in Delhi where autorickshaw and buses were kept off the roads. Markets were shut across the national capital. BJP leaders also planned to hold a protest march to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence.

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