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Strike hits normal life

Crippled: Central Bus Stand in Tiruchi wears a deserted look on Thursday.

Crippled: Central Bus Stand in Tiruchi wears a deserted look on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Moorthy

Staff Reporter

Buses keep off the roads and shops remain closed

TIRUCHI: Normal life was hit in the district, even as the general strike called by the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) passed off without any untoward incident on Thursday.

Government and private buses were off the roads, and goods carriers, too, suspended operations for the entire day. Majority of the shops and business establishments in the city and elsewhere in the district remained closed during the 12-hour strike duration. Police personnel were deployed at vantage points as a precautionary measure to ensure order.

The central bus stand from where several long distance government buses operate wore a deserted look right through the day. In some parts of the city, movement of a few autorickshaws could be witnessed.

Though train services remained unaffected, passengers who arrived at Tiruchi Junction found it difficult to reach their respective destinations in the absence of town buses.

Many had to depend on the autorickshaws to reach their place, paying hefty sums. All domestic and international flights remained unaffected for the day, airport sources here said.

The city’s busy thoroughfares wore a different look even during the peak hour devoid of the movement of the town buses and other vehicles.

Attendance in State and Central government offices was thin, police sources said adding that a majority of the small scale industries in the outskirts of the city remained closed for the day.

Educational Department authorities said all teaching staff, coming under the control of the Chief Educational Officer, Tiruchi, reported to work in government and aided schools in the district.

Barring one, all non-teaching staff in the high and higher secondary schools attended duty, department sources said. Of the over 2 lakh students in high and higher secondary schools, over one lakh attended classes.

Police sources said bandobusts were provided to vital installations falling within the Tiruchi Range, comprising Tiruchi Rural, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukottai and Karur districts.

There was no untoward incident anywhere in the Tiruchi Range, a senior police official here said.

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