New Delhi: On the second day, financial sector was crippled and transport hit as large parts of the country ground to a halt Thursday in response to trade unions calling a two-day strike demanding measures to check inflation, ensure jobs and enforce labour laws.
Day one of the nationwide protest saw trains stopped in places such as Bihar and roads blocked elsewhere but it was all mostly peaceful, with the exception of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, close to the national capital, where mobs attacked factories and set vehicles afire.
In Ambala, a Haryana Roadways employee was killed accidentally when he came under the wheels of a bus as authorities tried to forcibly ply services.
A two-member panel has been formed to probe the violence in Noida that broke out on the first day of the two-day countrywide shutdown, leaving many people injured and property worth crores gutted . At least 70 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents in Noida
The two-day strike has been called by trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), AITUC, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS).
The unions have demanded measures for containing inflation, steps for employment generation, universal social security, and making the minimum wage Rs.10, 000 per month.
Strike hits bank operations
New Delhi: Normal banking operations were hit for the second day today as public sector bank employees continued their strike.
It was, however, business as usual at private sector banks like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.
Employees of public sector insurance companies, including LIC and New India Assurance, also participated in the strike.
Life unaffected in Karnataka due to strike
Bangalore: The two-day nationwide strike had no major impact in most parts of Karnataka Thursday.
Though banking services were hit, many buses, taxis and autos plied and shops and hotels remained opened here. However, schools and colleges were closed.
No violence was reported from any part of the state, police said.
Services at many hospitals in the city were not hit, as also in IT companies. Several PSUs including HAL, BHEL and BEL, besides a host of other industrial units in Bangalore were functioning normally.
There was improvement in attendance in government offices, police said.
Bank, govt employees hold protests in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad: Employees of banks and public sector organisations in Andhra Pradesh Thursday continued their protests on the second day of the two-day strike called by Central trade unions in support of their various demands.
The personnel of various organisations, who stayed away from work yesterday, began their protests in Hyderabad and other places in Andhra Pradesh.
The employees of various PSU banks and workers in the unorganised sector took out protest rallies in Hyderabad and other parts of the state.
strike hits bank services in Mumbai hit
Mumbai: Majority of ATMs have dried up in the financial capital of Mumbai and banking operations across the city were hit on the second day of the general strike called by central trade unions for various demands.
"A majority of ATMs have dried up while the (bank) branches are shut. Additionally, there has not been any cheque clearing as personnel from RBI too joined the strike. It will take at least 2-3 working days to clear the backlog for banks", said All India Bank Employees Association Vice President Vishwas Utagi.
The strike witnessed near cent per cent participation by employees from banking and insurance sector in the financial hub, leaving their operations completely paralysed.
"We reiterate our demands, including the one for not allowing private sector participants into the fray for which we are holding the bandh", Utagi said.
Suburban railway, the city's life line, functioned normally and road traffic remained unaffected, though there were fewer passengers using public transport.
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were also normal despite a section of airport unions declaring their support to the strike, an airport spokesperson said.