From our Correspondent
Bongaigaon, September 2: The India bandh called by all trade unions and federation on Wednesday in protest against the Central Government’s ‘anti-labour’ and ‘anti-common man’ policies paralyzed normal life in Bongaigaon and Chirang districts.
All markets, shops, educatiol institutions, banks, government and private offices remained closed for the whole day. Commercial vehicles remained off the roads and only some private vehicles were seen plying. In Bongaigaon, all Railway and government, non-government offices including Bongaigaon and New Bongaigaon Workshop remained closed.
Picketers also agitated in front of Bongaigaon Refinery where police baton charged the picketers to clear gate. Around 17 people, including two women, were seriously injured in this baton charge and they were admitted in a nearby hospital.
On the other hand, in Bongaigaon Railway station, a group of picketers blocked the Up Intercity Express for one hour from 6 am to 7 am under the leadership of Gobinda Biswas from HMS. Later police arrived there and arrested all the picketers.
A group of agitators under the leadership of Ashis Biswas, State Secretary of Hind Mazdoor Sabha and Hareswar Das, Bongaigaon district secretary of CITU, took out a mass rally from Bongaigaon Branch Office of NFRMU. The rally, moving throughout Bongaigaon town, culmited in front of the DC Office, Bongaigaon. All protesters were arrested there.
Ashis Biswas, on behalf of JCA, thanked all people for their cooperation and support. He said that if the Modi government did not stop working in favour of capitalists, then they would go for indefinite strike from November 23. All the protesters were released in the evening.