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In Photo: A Trinamool activist hurling stone at a pro-bandh CPI-M rally in Behrampore, Murshidabad on Wednesday morning. 

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 02 September: THE 24-hour all-India bandh convened by 11 trade unions evoked a near total response across West Bengal. Most shops, markets, private schools are closed and the number of buses on the streets is scant.

Teachers turned up at government-aided educational institutes but there are few students. In Kolkata, the impact of the bandh has been a little less as compared to the districts.

There have been clashes between Left and anti-bandh Trinamool  Congress workers in most districts in south Bengal. In north Bengal, police are actively confronting bandh picketers even as private establishments are closed and private vehicles have vanished from the roads.

Key Developments in Bengal on Bandh Day: 

  1. CPI-M MLA Insar Ali Biswas hospitalised with severe injuries in his face after being attacked allegedly by Trinamool supporters at Hariharpara in Murshidabad.
  2. Trinamool Congress Murshidabad district president Mannan Hossain’s car damaged bybandh supporters in. 
  3. Police beat-up former CPI-M Lok Sabha MP Moinul Hassan when he was participating in a rally in support of bandh.
  4. CPI-M MLA Dhiren Bagdi roughed up and CPI-M party office vandalised by Trinamool workers at Muhammad Bazar in Birbhum.
  5. Commotion between Left bandh supporters and police in Siliguri. Mayor Asok Bhattacharya arrested for participating in a pro-bandh rally.
  6. Workers in nearly 300 tea gardens in north Bengal participate in strike. 
  7. Several private and public buses damaged by bandh supporters in Malda.
  8. Train blockade at Sodepur station by bandh supporters. Clash between CPI-M and Trinamool workers.
  9. CPI-M woman worker assaulted by Trinamool supporters at Konnargar in Hooghly. CPI-M workers vandalise Trinamool office in retaliation.
  10. CPI-M party office vandalised at Ramgarh in Jadavpur area in Kolkata.
  11. Bandh supporters force passengers out from a private bus at Lake Town in Kolkata. 
  12. Eastern and South Eastern Railway say its train services partially hit by bandh.
  13. Kolkata Metro train services unaffected by bandh, but number of passengers less than usual. 
  14. Three CPI-M workers hospitalised after being attacked at Ausgram in Burdwan allegedly by TMC cadres.
  15. CITU leader Shyamal Chakraborty says bandh “total” in Bengal; Mamata Banerjee says bandh “totally unsuccessful”.  
  16. Total 974 bandh picketers arrested across West Bengal; 29 of them in Kolkata.
  17. Left parties convene state-wide protest on Thursday against TMC attack on bandh supporters. Mamata calls for TMC counter agitation on Thursday and Friday from 4 pm – 5 pm.