Strike disrupts normal life in Tripura

Agartala: Normal life was paralysed in Left-ruled Tripura today in response to the one-day nationwide strike call by 10 central trade unions against the government s anti-labour policy.

The state capital wore a deserted look with public transport vehicles staying off the roads, official sources said.

Government offices, banks, schools and colleges remained closed while business establishments kept their shutters down, the sources said.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) activists were picketing before government establishments. They also stopped people from entering offices.

Though train services have been totally disrupted, the state government provided police escort to people who were going to the airport.

The central government should look into the demands of trade unions and federations. We are having 12 point demands related to workers,” CITU state General Secretary and CPI(M) MP Sankar Prashad Datta said.

“All trade unions, except Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, took part in this strike and in Tripura people have spontaneously cooperated, that is why there is a total shutdown, he added.

Large number of policemen were deployed in the city. There were no report of any incident.

Superintendent of Police (operation) Uttam Bhowmik said, “The strike is peaceful and there has been no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state.