A two-day nationwide strike has been called by 11 trade unions over price rise and labour laws. Major sectors affected include banking, insurance, post, transportation and coal.
Left parties staged protests at the Patna railway station during the strike.
People at the railway station in Delhi faced problems as some of them said that private taxis were not plying too.
It was a tragic start to the nationwide bandh in Haryana where a Haryana Roadways employee was killed in Ambala at the roadways depot when he was crushed by a bus following a confusion called over the trade union strike.
Schools and colleges remained shut in Bangalore.
Protestors in Odisha stopped trains during demonstrations over the trade unions' strike across India.
The maximum impact is in Kerala where banks and shops are shut and taxis, autos, private and public buses are not running.
There were reports of violence in Noida Phase-II. Over 1,000 trade union workers protested and vandalised cars, setting vehicles on fire.
Sporadic violence has broken out in India at the beginning of a two-day strike by labor unions protesting rising prices and government policies to open the economy.
A fire engine set fire by vandals burns on the first day of a two day strike in Noida.
An Indian policeman detains a worker who tried to march towards the state legislature complex on the first day of a two day strike in Hyderabad.
Cars set on fire by vandals burn on the first day of a two day strike in Noida.
In pic: Indian trade union activists of Hind Mazdoor Sabha attack a car that was plying on the first day of a two day strike in Bhubaneswar.
Millions of bank and factory workers stayed away from work and public transport was shut down on Wednesday after India's major trade unions called the countrywide strike.