Normalcy returns to city

Published: 22nd February 2013 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2013 08:31 AM   |  A+A-


The second day of the nationwide strike called by 11 Central trade unions had no major impact in the city on Thursday.

Though banking services were hit, many buses, taxis and autos plied and shops and hotels remained open. 

However, workers of public sector undertakings took part in the protests.

Most of the private companies, commercial establishments, offices, some schools, colleges and shops functioned as usual. Flight, train and hospital services were unaffected and BMTC and KSRTC buses were fully operational. “Though the buses were operational 100 per cent, passenger traffic was lesser compared to normal days,” said Ashok Kumar, Chief Traffic Manager (Operations), KSRTC.  

Meanwhile, the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the strike caused a loss of `1,400 crore on Wednesday and Rs 130 crore on Thursday to the state exchequer.

Protesters caned

Police resorted to mild lathi charge to control protesters who tried to jump barricades to gain entry into Raj Bhavan on Thursday. As part of the strike, various organisations had organised a protest march from Town Hall to Raj Bhavan. The agitators started the march towards Raj Bhavan at 11 am. Near Maharani’s College, some protesters tried to jump the barricades and police had to resort to lathi-charge. Five people were injured.

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