KERALA

General strike hits normal life

A ROAD OF ITS OWN: A cow ambling along a deserted street in the city during the general strike called by the Leftist trade unions on Tuesday in protest against the anti-labour policies of the UDF Government. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

A ROAD OF ITS OWN: A cow ambling along a deserted street in the city during the general strike called by the Leftist trade unions on Tuesday in protest against the anti-labour policies of the UDF Government. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar  

Protestors attack vehicles, KSRTC buses and taxis keep off the road

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: : The general strike called by the Trade Union Co-ordination Council in protest against the "anti-people policies of the Central and State Governments" assumed the proportions of a bandh in the city.

In Vizhinjam, the police swung canes to disperse a group of demonstrators who tried to stop a vehicle. Strike supporters threw stones at the vehicle of a private television channel in Maruthankuzhy. In Medical College, strike supporters smashed the windowpanes of a hotel that opened for business in the morning. One person, identified as Chanthu, was injured in the scuffle.

Private and KSRTC buses did not operate in the city and long distance services of the KSRTC was called off. Autorickshaws and taxis remained off the road. The police helped several passengers who arrived at the Thampanoor railway station and airport to reach their destinations in the city. With hotels and restaurants remaining closed, large number of people turned up for breakfast and lunch in front of the railway canteen at the Central Railway Station here. The number of private vehicles on the roads were relatively less. There was a long queue of vehicles in front of petrol pumps owned by the Civil Supplies Corporation in the city. The public had gone on a buying spree on the eve of the general strike.

Attendance was low in Government offices.

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