Normal life was affected in Uttarakhand for the second consecutive day on Thursday as many government offices and banks remained closed and buses of the State Transport Corporation stayed off the roads in response to the 48-hour nation-wide strike called by Central trade unions.

Agitating employees staged rallies in Dehra Dun city, Kotdwar, Pauri, Haldwani and Rudrapur. “The two-day bandh should be sufficient for the Central Government to pay heed to our demands. If the Government does not respond to our demands even after this show of strength, the trade unions will be forced to take tougher measures,” said trade union leaders Vimla Sajwan and Suman Singh.

A large number of people could be seen stranded at various places for want of buses in Dehra Dun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Haldwani and Rudrapur. Taxis and tempos charged triple the fare from passengers.