Bharat Bandh Day 2 updates: Traffic disrupted in Bengaluru as hundreds gather outside Town Hall; massive rally held in Madikeri

Bharat Bandh day 2 LIVE updates: The workers participating in the strike will go on a protest march from Mandi House to Parliament Wednesday at noon, and similarly protests would be seen in other parts of the country as well.

FP Staff January 09, 2019 13:30:58 IST
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Bharat Bandh Day 2 updates: Traffic disrupted in Bengaluru as hundreds gather outside Town Hall; massive rally held in Madikeri
  • Assamese protesters are enforcing economic blockade after LS passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

  • Trade unions and workers elsewhere are protesting against anti-labour laws of the government

  • Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) claimed around 20 crore workers from all sectors of the economy participated in the strike across the country yesterday



Jan 09, 2019 - 15:33 (IST)

Bandh evokes mixed response in Tamil Nadu: Normal life remains largely unaffected but thousands stage protest, court arrest

SwaTrade unions went on protest in 11 places in Kanniyakumari district including road roko. Thousands who were involved in the incidents were arrested and were taken into custody in a private marriage hall.

In Salem, thousands of protesters were arrested after they walked from old Salem bus stop to the head post office and raised slogans against the ruling government.

In Pondicherry the 300 government employees, who tried to lay siege the secretariat, were arrested. Another group which was protesting in front of the Pondicherry post office was also arrested. Normal life was badly hit in Pondicherry as buses autos and share autos were not on road. Many schools and educational institutions were shut.

Thiruverumbur protesters used another form that is they made a human chain and raised slogans against the Central government in front of the Government institution

In Chennai, protest took place in Guindy, Tambaram and Pallavaram stations as the protesters tried to disrupt rail routes. They were later arrested. CITU member Soundarrajan said "if our demands are not heard then we will sit on a vigorous strike. So I urge the government to look into our needs".

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Jan 09, 2019 - 15:19 (IST)

Protesters burn Modi's effigy in Karnataka's Davangere 

In Davangere, protesters disrupted the bus services, staged demonstration and burnt the effigy of the prime minister to vent their anger against the central government's workers policies. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses remained stationed in their respective depots across the state as protesters damaged the vehicles.

Jan 09, 2019 - 13:49 (IST)

ER train services affected on day two of nationwide strike

Train services in Eastern Railway zone were disrupted after supporters of the two-day nationwide strike resorted to blockades at many places. 

An Eastern Railway spokesman said that a suspected bomb was found on the railway tracks at Ashoknagar in​ Sealdah-Bongaon section that led to suspension of train services in the route. However, the suspected country-made bomb, was promptly removed by the civil authorities and train services resumed in the section at 10.25 am, the spokesman said.

Banana leaves thrown on overhead wires at different places in the Sealdah South section led to disruption in train services in Sealdah-Diamond Harbour, Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur and Sealdah-Namkhana routes from 5.20 am. 

Jan 09, 2019 - 13:36 (IST)

Massive rally held in Karnataka's Madikeri 

A large number of people took out a protest rally in Karnataka’s Madikeri. The rally was organised by Kodagu Kriya Samiti in which more than 1,500 people, including men and women took part. 

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Jan 09, 2019 - 13:35 (IST)

Bengaluru sees partial effects of shut down, but commuters face massive traffic jam as protesters gather outside town hall 

Traffic congestion near Bengaluru’s town hall was reported as hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the municipal building. The city, otherwise,  remained largely unaffected as the state run KSRTC buses made up for the BMTC buses staying off roads. Only 13 percent of BMTC buses (428 out of 3226 service) are operational today. Yesterday, on the first-day of the strike 36% of the buses were plying, News18 reported. 

Jan 09, 2019 - 13:22 (IST)

In Bihar, HAM, RJD support Bharat Bandh

The main opposition party in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janta Dal, has extended its support to Bharat Bandh. RJD state chief Ramchandra Purve announced it in Patna. Earlier, erstwhile BJP ally and now a supporter of Mahagathbandhan, Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi also extended his support to the bandh.  

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Jan 09, 2019 - 12:27 (IST)

Buses attacked in Mudalpalya in Bengaluru

Buses were attacked in more than 25 places when protesters hurled stones at them in places like Magadi Road, Vittal Mallya Road, Mysore Road and Mudalpalya in Bengaluru. As soon as the buses were attacked, BMTC asked drivers to get back to bus depots and stop working. Buses that were on the road asked the passengers to get down in the middle of the road and are getting back to bus depots. One bus was attacked in Nelamangala and stones were thrown at two buses in Dasanpura.

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Jan 09, 2019 - 12:22 (IST)

Over 700 protesters arrested in Coimbatore

Over 700 labourers belonging to various unions including CITU were arrested in Coimbatore for attempt to road roko and rail roko

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Jan 09, 2019 - 12:16 (IST)

Over 100 protesters arrested in Silchar 

Around a hundred picketers including members of various trade unions and left party cadres have been arrested in Silchar. Partial impact of bandh in the district. Bank service is shut but other services like rail and road transport are regular. Shops and markets are almost open here. 

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Jan 09, 2019 - 12:07 (IST)

Bharat bandh turns national highway into kids playground 

Kids playing on National Highway which whore a deserted look due to the ongoing Bharat Bandh, in Bhubaneswar. Like yesterday, today also no public transport vehicle is playing in the city. All educational institutions have been closed in Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar city falls. 

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Bharat Bandh day 2 Latest updates: The workers participating in the strike will go on a protest march from Mandi House to Parliament Wednesday at noon, and similarly protests would be seen in other parts of the country as well.

After Tuesday’s police firing in Tripura, mobile internet services have been suspended to stop propagation of fake messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The para-military force also held a flag march in the affected areas of Madhabbari, in West Tripura.

Two students were injured after protesters pelted stones at a bus at Shanpur Mor on Jhikira-Howrah route.

An ordinance curbing the destruction of private property in the name of protests has come into force in Kerala on Wednesday. Governor P Sathasivam has promulgated the Kerala Prevention of Damage to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Ordinance, 2019, aimed at providing protection to private property from violence that erupts during protests such as hartals, bandhs, demonstrations, communal violence and road blockade.

Trade union workers continued to disrupt rail services in Kerala on the second day of the 48-hour general strike. A group of activists blocked the Venad Express and Sabari Express at Trivandrum Central Railway Station for nearly one hour resulting in in delayed running of several trains. The trains resumed service after police arrested and removed the protestors. The blockade of trains may affect functioning of businesses and offices as the other modes of public transport, including taxis and auto rickshas are off the roads.

Bharat Bandh Day 2 updates Traffic disrupted in Bengaluru as hundreds gather outside Town Hall massive rally held in Madikeri

Protesters burnt tyres in front of Deputy Commissioner's office in Dibrugarh. Avik Chakraborty/101Reporters

The West Bengal government has directed bus drivers to wear helmet while driving, in view of nationwide strike called by Central Trade Unions. The move comes as Trinamool Congress vowed not to let the bandh take effect in West Bengal, following which CPM supporters who were backing the shutdown clashed with TMC workers at several places.

Assamese protesters are enforcing an economic blockade against citizenship Bill, whereas trade unions and workers are enforcing a bandh in rest of India against the alleged anti-labour policies of the government.

As the Lok Sabha passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha, despite widespread protests in Assam and other parts of North East India, the civil society organisations in Assam are bracing up for the second phase of agitation against the Bill in the form of an economic blockade. Seventy civil society organisations have already declared indefinite economic blockade restricting movement of commodities from Assam to other parts of India.

Tuesday saw a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson quitting the party, moments after the bill was passed in the Lower House of Parliament, a former chief minister demanding the resignation of the BJP-led Assam government and a state minister describing the Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP) withdrawal from the government as a "historic blunder".

The protesters brought life to a standstill and vented their ire at the ruling BJP by gheraoing the houses of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Power Minister Tapan Kumar Gogoi and attempting to attack the saffron party's offices in different parts of Assam during the 11-hour "bandh" called by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU).

The protesters stormed the chief minister's personal house in Dibrugarh and that of Gogoi's in Sonari during the bandh, which started at 5 am and ended at 4 pm, the police said.

Moments after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, BJP spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora resigned from the party, saying the bill would harm the Assamese society and nullify the Assam Accord.

The issue brought the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies — the BJP and the AGP — face-to-face.

Former Assam chief minister and AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta demanded that the BJP government in the state resign and face a fresh election as the saffron party's pre-poll alliance with his party was snapped on Monday.

"The BJP-led government was formed in Assam on the basis of a pre-poll alliance with the AGP. As this alliance no longer exists, we demand that the government be dissolved," he said.

State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the the AGP had committed a "historic blunder" by not extending support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Mahanta had committed the first blunder by signing the Assam Accord when he was the chief minister and his party made the second "historic blunder" by not extending support to the bill, Sarma, who holds the Finance and Health portfolios, said.

"I am proud of being an Assamese and the BJP is committed to protecting the interest of the indigenous population," the leader, who is regarded as the saffron party's face in the north-east, told reporters here.

"We have to do it on the basis of religion. On the basis of what else can we stop illegal immigration? It is well known that our land has been taken by Muslim migrants and now, we cannot allow anymore encroachment of our assets like the 'sattra' (monasteries) and Kaziranga.

"We are grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the bill and saving 18 Assembly seats in Assam from going into the hands of 'Jinnah' or the AIUDF's (All India United Democratic Front) Badruddin Ajmal," he said.

Assam BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass claimed that the AGP leaving the NDA did not matter as the alliance would still get 11 of the 14 seats in the state in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The AGP accused Sonowal of not "cooperating" on the bill and not giving due respect to the emotion and interests of the Assamese people.

The three AGP ministers -- Atul Bora (agriculture), Keshab Mahanta (water resources) and Phanibhushan Choudhury (food and civil supplies) will tender their resignation and complete the other related formalities on Wednesday.

The "bandh" was by and large peaceful with the police resorting to mild lathicharge to disperse the protesters at some places, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.

There were attempts to attack BJP offices in Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Golaghat, but those were foiled by the security forces.

Actor Naseeruddin Shah was among a host of air passengers stranded for hours at airports due to the non-availability of public transport.

Normal life came to a halt in the Brahmaputra valley and was partially hit in the Bengali-majority Barak valley, following a "north-east bandh" called separately by the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) and supported by over 100 organisations to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The agitators blocked roads and national highways at various places, while picketers squatted on the railway tracks at various places in Guwahati and Dibrugarh district, but the movement of trains, including the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express and the Kolkata-bound Kamrup Express, continued after the GRP removed them from the tracks, railway sources said.

There was no movement of vehicles, including goods-laden trucks, on national highways, following an economic blockade called by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), sources said.

The 11-hour bandh called by the NESO was enforced by its member organisations, including the AASU, the Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), the Khasi Students' Union (KSU), the Garo Students' Union (GSU), the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), the All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU) and the Twipra Students' Federation (TSF).

In Tripura, seven persons -- a Tripura State Rifles personnel and six TSF activists -- were injured at Madhabbari in West Tripura district, when the police and paramilitary personnel resorted to lathicharge and opened fire to disperse a group of students who had blocked the Assam-Agartala national highway.

The "bandh" also hit normal life in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.

With inputs from agencies

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