TAMIL NADU

Mixed response to general strike call

Stranded: The Salem New Integrated Bus Stand wore a deserted look on Thursday due to the general strike called by the DMK. —

Stranded: The Salem New Integrated Bus Stand wore a deserted look on Thursday due to the general strike called by the DMK. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Staff Reporter

Normal life hit as many shops remain closed and buses keep off roads

SALEM: The general strike called by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka evoked mixed response in Salem and Namakkal districts.

The dawn-to-dusk strike, called to express solidarity with the Tamils in Sri Lanka, passed off peacefully in the two districts.

The strike affected normal life in the two districts, as almost all State Transport Corporation and private buses kept off the roads and most shops and businesses remained shut. Auto rickshaws, share autos and heavy vehicles also kept off the road.

A few shops in Salem city and Namakkal town remained open during the day.

The New Integrated Bus Stand and Old Bus Stand wore a deserted look as only a few buses were operated the city.

The morning and noon shows were cancelled in all the cinema halls. Though the Central and State government offices, banks and public sector undertakings remained open, a majority of the officials did not turn up for work.

A number of schools and colleges in the two districts declared holiday for the students.

The police made heavy security arrangements in the two districts.

Additional police personnel were deployed in railway stations, bus stands and vital installations.

Senior police officials said no untoward incidents were reported in the two districts.

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