Pics: How Bharat Bandh cripples normal life in India

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Bangalore, Feb 20: Eleven trade unions, which have been protesting against several issues including price rise, FDI in retail and many others, received a lukewarm response regarding their call of a 48-hour Bharat Bandh beginning from Wednesday, Feb 20.

While the nation-wide strike crippled normal life in some states such as Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, in other states the bandh has become a flop show.

While buses, autos were plying in cities of Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra; Delhi, Noida witnessed a complete shutdown on Wednesday. Meanwhile, violence was reported in Noida where many vehicles and factories were put on fire.

Several factory owners registered legal complaints saying that some assailants had barged into their factories and looted their properties. Supporters of the bandh pelted stones on public who had tried to go to their workplaces despite strike.

The bandh has been called by 11 trade union bodies. The Bandh has been called against privatisation, outsourcing, violation of labour laws, and price rise.

Some of the trade unions, who are participating in the strike, are - Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and many others.

A view closed bank in Allahabad on the first day

A view closed bank in Allahabad on the first day of the two day strike called by the national trade unions and state and central government employee federations in Allahabad on Wednesday.

A deserted view of Howrah Bridge during first day

A deserted view of Howrah Bridge during first day of two days Nation wide strike called by Central Trade Unions in Kolkata on Wednesday.

A deserted view of railway platform

A deserted view of railway platform, during a strike called by All India Trade Union workers at Birbhum district of West Bengal on Wednesday.

Traders gather at a flower market during first day

Traders gather at a flower market during first day of two days Nation wide strike called by Central Trade Unions in Kolkata on Wednesday.

An activist try to stop a vehicle

An activist try to stop a vehicle on the day of 'Bharat Bandh' called by Trade union (AITUC) outside Bhubaneswar railway station on Wednesday.

Children Play cricket in front of a closed cinema hall

Children Play cricket in front of a closed cinema hall during two days strike called by the Trade Unions in Siliguri on Wednesday.

A view of an empty National Highway-66

A view of an empty National Highway-66 in effect of trade unions' two-day strike in Mangalore on Wednsday.

Activists try to stop a vehicle on the day of 'Bharat Bandh'

Activists try to stop a vehicle on the day of 'Bharat Bandh' called by All India Trade Union Congress(AITUC) at Bhubaneswar railway station in Odissam on Wednesday.

Trade Union workers during a protest against two days strike

Trade Union workers during a protest against two days strike at RBI building in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Trade Union supporters stop trains

Trade Union supporters stop trains during two-day nationwide strike in Patna on Wednesday.

Normal life effected due to 48 hours nation- wide strike

Normal life effected due to 48 hours nation- wide strike supported by union traders in Agartala on Wednesday.

A view of Chandni Chawk during a strike

A view of Chandni Chawk during a strike called by All India Trade Union workers in Delhi on Wednesday.

Labour organisations protest during a two-day nation-wide strike

Labour organisations protest during a two-day nation-wide strike in Jaipur on Wednesday.

A view of Chandni Chowk market during a strike

A view of Chandni Chowk market during a strike called by All India Trade Union workers in Delhi on Wednesday.

A view of Chandni Chowk market during a strike

A view of Chandni Chowk market during a strike called by All India Trade Union workers in Delhi on Wednesday.

A view of deserted workshop during a two-day bandh

A view of deserted workshop during a two-day bandh called by traders union in Kolkata on Wednessday.

Foreign Tourists travel on a camel cart

Foreign Tourists travel on a camel cart to way to Ajmer Railway Station during All India trade unions strike in Ajmer on Wednesday.

Bandh supporters

Activists of CITU, INTUC, BMS, AITUC, Sharam parisad and other bandh supporters being removed from the railway track by security personnel, in Guwahati on Wednesday.

Passengers wait for Transport with their luggage

Passengers wait for Transport with their luggage infront of Howrah Station in Kolkata on Wednesday during strike called by Trade Unions.

Protesters block a train during the two day nation-wide strike

Protesters block a train during the two day nation-wide strike called by several central trade unions in Guwahati on Wednesday.

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