Kolkata/Siliguri: A pool-car ferrying nursery students to school was vandalised in Kolkata today on the second and final day of the 48-hour nationwide strike by Left and Congress trade unions.
The strike was called for in protest against the BJP-led Central government’s alleged anti-people policies and, to press for several labour rights.
At the start of the day, a private pool-car was ferrying a group of Montessori and nursery students to school that it came under an attack by bandh picketers at Rajabazar in north Kolkata.
A group of SFI cadres led by state secretary Srijan Bhattacharya allegedly stopped the pool-car and, lobbed stones on the windscreen. A homemaker accompanying her son to school in the pool-car suffered minor injuries in the incident, while the children were left traumatised.
Luckily, a police picket was posted nearby. They came rushing to the scene and a rescued the children.
The injured woman was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, from where she was discharged on administering first-aid.
Police then arrested five SFI activists, including state secretary Bhattacharya, for the attack on the poll-car. They were taken to Amherst Street police station. The arrested cadres have, however, denied having stoned the vehicle.
Other than Rajabazar, Jadavpur in south Kolkata witnessed some tension when bandh picketers scuffled with police when the latter stopped a CPI-M rally. Jadavpur CPI-M MLA and another 20 were detained in the incident.
Like day one of the strike yesterday, bandh supporters disrupted train services at several places in Sealdah South section by throwing banana leaves on the overhead power cables.
At Cooch Behar town in north Bengal, an e-rickshaw (Toto) and an auto-rickshaw were vandalised by the bandh supporters in the morning. At Dinhata, picketers threw brickbats on an NBSTC bus causing damage and leaving the driver injured.
Siliguri, which had yesterday seen a near total response to the bandh, today saw some businesses opening in the morning. But as soon as CPI-M took out a rally in the town in support of the bandh, the traders downed their shutters again.