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Barring a lathicharge incident, Bangla bandh remains peaceful

Written by: Staff
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Kolkata, Dec 05 (UNI) Barring an incident of police lathicharge, the 24-hour "Bangla bandh", sponsored by the SUCI and two Naxalite factions, remained peaceful so far, evoking little response today.

State Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray told UNI that no untoward incident had been reported so far from anywhere in the state and life was normal.

The SUCI called the bandh for 24 hours, while the CPI-ML (Liberation) and the CPI(ML) jointly gave a separate call for a 12 -hour statewide strike in protest aginst acquisition of farm land for setting up Tata Motors' small car unit and alleged police atrocities on protestors at Singur in Hooghly district.

The Trinamool Congress, BJP and the Congress had extended moral support to the bandh.

Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee told UNI that in all 101 bandh protagonists were arrested from Shyambazar in the North, Hazra in South Kolkata and the Port area of Khidderpore for obstructing regular traffic.

Police lathicharged SUCI workers at Hazra crossing when they put up a road blockade and refused to leave the area. Altogether 33 agitators were arrested from there.

The bandh suppporters also had a scuffle with police at the Five Point crossing at in Shyambazar and in Dharmatala.

Barring Kultali and Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district and a few other pockets in Nadia and Birbhum districts, life was near normal with buses and other vehicles plying as usual and most of the people venturing out for work.

While train services from Howrah and Sealdah stations were usual despite blockade at a few places, normal functioning was reported from government offices, factories and commercial establishments.

However, most of the shops, small commercial establishments and educational institutions remained closed.

This was the second bandh in the past four days after Trinamool Congress-sponsored dawn-to-dusk bandh on December One in protest against against "police atrocities" on the protesters.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was continuing her indefinite hunger strike at Esplanade in protest against the acquisition of farm land at Singur.

NDA leader George Fernandes, Samajwadi Party state president Vijay Upadhaya and four other AITC leaders also participated in the hunger strike.

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