Clashes in many parts of Tumkur district

Police chased away activists who tried to stop vehicles

Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: Activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) clashed with the police in many places in Tumkur district on Thursday when they tried to stop autorickshaws and other vehicles. Members of various trade unions affiliated to the CITU staged demonstrations and blocked roads at Hirehalli and Antarasanahalli Industrial areas and Town Hall Circle here.

Banks and offices of the Life Insurance Corporation of India remained closed and attendance at post offices was thin. Industries, schools and colleges functioned normally, and shops, hotels and cinemas were open. Youths on bicycles fitted with CITU flags stopped autorickshaws at R.S. Aradhya Circle at around 1 p.m. The police chased them away.

Clashes were reported from Koratagere, where CITU activists did not allow private buses to ply. In remote areas, such as Shettikere in Tiptur taluk, Madhgiri Gate on the outskirts, and a village in Turuvekere, CITU activists blocked the road and the police used force to remove them.

Over 3,000 labourers joined the strike in Tiptur, and trade at the copra main market was affected. Normal life was affected in Kunigal and Sira, where beedi workers joined the strike.

Speaking to The Hindu , Syed Mujib, Secretary of the State unit of the CITU, claimed that people supported the strike.

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