Violence hit Bharat Bandh enters 2nd day; 71 arrested

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Bharat Bandh
Noida, Feb 21: 48-hour Bharat Bandh entered second day on Thursday, Feb 21. Over 70 people have been arrested so far regarding violence in Noida which shook the city on Wednesday.

Despite heavy police security, a group of assailants vandalised several factories. 25 vehicles including a fire engine were set on fire. Total 64 cases have been registered against the protesters. However, police are not yet confirmed about the identities of the protesters.

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.

The second day of the 48-hour bandh received mixed response so far. While it was a lukewarm response in Delhi, Kolkata; Lucknow, Noida and other cities of North India witnessed a complete shutdown. However, few auto, taxi and government buses were plying on roads.

All banks, school, colleges were shut. Shops in the cities were closed on the first day but it remained open on the day 2. People in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, however, did not close their businesses. Attendance in offices were normal.

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