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LIVE: Fresh clashes break out between Congress, TMC workers in West Bengal

The Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh to protest against the incidents of violence during the municipal polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2015 1:50:14 pm
cpm-759 Stranded passengers having their breakfast at NSCBI Airport DumDum. They’re all on their way to Kerala. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

Normal life in West Bengal on Thursday was thrown out of gear by a state-wide dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by the opposition parties and a nation-wide transport strike by trade unions.

Most of the roads across the state, including in capital Kolkata, wore a near deserted look as a large number of taxis, auto-rickshaws and private buses did not ply.

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dumdum-759 Stranded due to the bandh, passengers at the NSCBI Airport DumDum wait to leave for their respective destinations.

Passengers at the busy Howrah and Sealdah railway stations and office-goers had a harrowing time with no taxi or bus to avail.

There were reports of buses being vandalised in several parts of Kolkata and Howrah.

While most of the private schools remained shut, the attendance at government schools was negligible with most of the parents preferring to keep their children at home.

“After struggling to get a conveyance to reach my child to school, I found it nearly empty. Most of the students and teachers and even the principal is absent. I do not support such kind of politics of disruptions,” said a parent.

Left Front major Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists took out rallies in many parts of the city and the state in support of the strike.

While Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly called on the people to foil the strike, her government has issued circular directing government employees to compulsorily report on duty, threatening to treat their absence as ‘dies non’.

Check here for live updates:

1:35 am: Fresh clashes break out between Congress and TMC workers in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.

1:25 am:

11:40 am: Clashes reported in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and Asansol

11:30 am:

(With inputs from IANS)

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