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Protesters pelt stones on factories in Delhi, Noida

Feb 21, 2013 08:54 AM IST India India

New Delhi: 4:31 pm: Around 200 workers pelted stones at a factory in Noida Sector 5 breaking windows and damaged vehicles on the second day of the 48-hour nationwide strike, even as authorities imposed prohibitory order in the district.

3:05 pm: Pro-trade unions strike protesters indulged in violence in Delhi's industrial area of Okhla on day two of the nation-wide strike. Activists resorted to stone pelting to force shops and offices to down shutters, Four people have been detained in Delhi for vandalising a factory.

2:51 pm: Transport and financial services were hit in Bihar on Thursday on the second day of the two-day strike called by central trade unions to protest the central government's economic policies. The second day of the nation-wide trade union strike evoked lukewarm response in Assam on Thursday.

1:55 pm: Trinamool Congress workers allegedly chopped off an ear of a panchayat employee after he failed to report for work on day one of the trade unions' strike in West Bengal. The incident took place at Debipur in the Murshidabad district.

12:50 pm: Banking and postal services continued to be affected while shops remained open and transport services plied normally in Tamil Nadu on the second day of the strike called by trade unions across the country.

12:30 pm: Commuters in New Delhi continued to face hardships for the second consecutive day on Thursday as majority of auto-rickshaws and taxis stayed off the road in support of the two-day nationwide strike called by 11 trade unions.

12:04 pm: Majority of ATMs have dried up in the financial capital of Mumbai and banking operations across the city were hit on the second day of the general strike called by central trade unions for various demands.

11:30 am: Normal life in Kerala was paralysed as the two-day nationwide strike called by Central trade unions entered the second day on Thursday with workers from most sectors ranging from transport to banking keeping away from work. Reports from across the state said buses and taxis were off the roads and markets remained shut.

11:02 am The two-day nationwide strike called by 11 Central trade unions had no major impact in most parts of Karnataka on Thursday. Though banking services were hit, many buses, taxis and autos plied and shops and hotels remained opened in Bangalore. However, schools and colleges were closed.

10:42 am In Madhya Pradesh, public transport remains unaffected but the bank operations were hit on day 2 of Bharat bandh.

10:40 am In Lucknow, commuters were severely affected as public transport was completely unavailable.

10:36 am Noida SHO transferred following the violence that took place during the day 1 of the strike.

10:34 am In Bihar, trains were stopped at Aarah and Jehanabad.

10:26 am In Delhi, banking operations were hit for the second day on Thursday as public sector bank employees continued their strike.

10:10 am In Bangalore, the public transport remains unaffected by the bandh. However, most schools and colleges remain shut.

9:58 am In West Bengal, banks, industries and factories partially affected by bandh. Markets across Kolkata partially open on Thursday.

9:40 am Employees of auto companies like Maruti, Hero and Suzuki will also participate in the bandh on Thursday.

9:34 am In Punjab, schools and colleges remain open, however, banks are shut on day 2 of the bandh.

9:16 am In Kerala, the day 2 is seeing a complete halt of public transport just as day 1. Commuters are the worst hit as autos and taxis are off the road. The government secretariat has recorded less than 50 per cent attendance on Thursday.

9:03 am The Vice President of the District Unit of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has also been arrested.

8:59 am Heavy deployment seen in Noida industrial area. 50 sensitive spots have been identified and police is patrolling the area.

It is the second day of the two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions in support of their various demands including urgent steps to control price rise, strict enforcement of labour laws in all places of work, social security net for workers in the unorganised sector, end to disinvestment in PSUs. More than 70 people have been arrested in Noida and 64 FIRs registered after the violence on Wednesday.

The accused have been booked for damage to public property and schools and colleges in Noida are also shut on Thursday due to the mob violence. The protesters had vandalised factories and burnt cars in Noida's industrial area.

Meanwhile in West Bengal, the Left has decided to stay away from the bandh on Day 2. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday had said that there was 100 per cent attendance by government employees in the state.

The opening day of the 48 hour-country-wide strike called by central trade unions evoked a mixed response in the city as banks were closed and large number of auto-rickshaws and taxis stayed off the roads while shops remained open throughout the day. School children and office-goers suffered the most as most auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers either refused or overcharged them.

Passengers at major railway stations and bus stands were stranded for hours and forced to shell out more fares to reach their destinations. Radio taxis, however, were on the roads. The Delhi Metro saw heavy passenger rush during the peak hours in the morning and evening. Though state-run Delhi Transport Corporation buses were on the roads, it did not provide much relief to people as autorickshaws went off the roads.

The unions have put forward a charter of 10 demands such as urgent steps to control price rise, strict enforcement of labour laws in all places of work, social security net for workers in the unorganised sector, end to disinvestment in PSUs and raising minimum wage to Rs 10,000 a month.

(With additional information from PTI)


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