KERALA

Strike affects normal life in Pathanamthitta, Kollam

No untoward incidents reported in any part of the districts

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The general strike called by the Trade Union Sponsoring Committee on Thursday was total and peaceful in the hill district of Pathanamthitta.

All the major towns of Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kozhencherry, Ranni, Pandalam, Adoor, Mallappally and Konni wore a deserted look, as shops and other commercial establishments downed shutters.

Public carriers and taxis kept off the road.

The strike call had its impact in the rural areas of Central Travancore district as shops remained close even in villages.

The Kerala State Transport Corporation too failed to operate services from its depots in Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta and Adoor, as a large number of transport employees joined the strike.

Rail passengers were stranded at Thiruvalla station owing to absence of taxi service or any other public transport system.

Left trade unions took out marches in Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Adoor, Kozhencherry, Pandalam, Ranni, Konni, Mallappally, Chittar, Seethathode and even in certain village headquarters, in protest against the alleged anti-people policies of the Union Government.

Government offices and banks in the district registered lean attendance as a large number of employees joined the strike.

All educational institutions, including professional colleges, remained close in view of the strike.

Incident-free in Kollam

Staff Reporter writes from Kollam: The general strike was total and incident-free in Kollam district. Educational institutions had declared a holiday on Thursday.

Banks and financial institutions did not conduct transactions, as the United Forum of Banks Unions had announced its participation in the strike. Shops and others commercial establishments too remained closed. The main business areas of Kollam city wore a deserted look.

The public transport system suspended services. Buses, both private and KSRTC, did not ply and autorickshaws remained off the road.

Public markets remained closed. Rail passengers were stranded at the station.

Police personnel were deployed in strength in the city. No serious incidents of violence was reported from anywhere in the district.

Activists of the Left trade unions took out a march in the city in support of the general strike.

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