ANDHRA PRADESH

Near total bandh in Gulbarga

Protestors stop Bijapur-Sholapur passenger train for half an hour at Indi

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: A near total bandh was observed in Gulbarga in response to the strike call given by the Central Trade Union organisations to protest against the Union Government's "anti worker" policies and also disinvestment of the profit-making Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and increasing foreign direct investment in almost all sectors.

The North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) buses withdrew its city and mofussil services and shops and business establishments downed their shutters. Attendance in the State Government offices was thin and schools and colleges remained closed. However, autorickshaws, private maxicabs and buses continued their services uninterrupted. The workers of different organisations took out a massive procession in the city.

No untoward incident was reported in the city during the bandh. According to reports reaching the headquarters here, a total bandh was observed in Shahapur, Surpur and Aland taluk. The workers took out processions in these towns and presented memorandums to the Revenue authorities.

Trade union strike

Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports:

Insurance, banks and postal services were hit in Bijapur and Bagalkot districts on Thursday following the strike observed by different trade unions. In Indi, agitators, mostly employees of Central Government and nationalised banks, stopped the Bijapur-Sholapur passenger train for half an hour.

In Bijapur, hundreds of protesters took out a procession and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office. They also staged rasta roko at Gandhi Chowk. Shopkeepers in the main bazaar pulled down shutters during the passage of procession. Buses and autorickshaws plied almost normally. Though State Government offices remained opened, attendance was thin, as employees affiliated a to a faction of the union kept away from offices.

The strike was observed in Bagalkot, Jamkhandi, Sindagi, and Muddebihal, according to reports reaching here.

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