TAMIL NADU

Strike near-total in Vellore

Strikingly empty: Shops closed on the Krishnagiri Road in Tirupattur following the general strike on Thursday.

Strikingly empty: Shops closed on the Krishnagiri Road in Tirupattur following the general strike on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Special Correspondent

TNSTC and private buses keep off roads

VELLORE: The bandh called by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to urge the Central government to ask the Sri Lankan government to order ceasefire of the war in the island nation was near total in Vellore district.

While most traders downed their shutters in Vellore, Gudiyatham, Pernambut, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Tirupattur, Arcot, Ranipet, Walajapet and Arakkonam, some shops kept their shops partially open. Most hotels in the district were closed, while some did business by keeping the hotels half open.

Both the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses and the private buses kept off the road in the district, while private vehicles and autos alone could be seen on the roads.

The bus stands in all towns in the district wore a deserted look. On account of the non-operation of buses, there was little traffic on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway. Pedestrians were seen waiting for buses in the afternoon in the bus stand in Tirupattur.

However, train services were not affected. Schools too functioned normally.

Shops closed in Tiruvannamalai

All commercial establishments and shops were closed in Tiruvannamalai on Thursday. Roads wore a deserted look as buses and vehicles did not ply. There was thin attendance in government offices and schools and theatres cancelled their day shows.

The strike was complete in other towns in the district such as Arni, Vandavasi and Cheyyar.

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