Ruling Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) workers clashed with each other in Murshidabad in Bengal during Trade Unions’ nationwide strike.
Police has resorted to lathi charge to bring peace among the clashing groups. Workers belonging to both TMC and CPI(M) are pelting stones at each other and also attacking by sticks.
Elsewhere, there are reports of AIDWA and DYFI protesters blocking the railway tracks in Chennai.
10 central trade unions across India have called for 24-hour strike over the proposed changes in labour laws by centre’s NDA government.
Business, branking, transport services, supply of power, gas and oil are likely to be affected the most following Wednesday’s strike. The BJP-backed BMS has countered that saying power, oil and gas supply will not be hit as a large number of public sector workers in these areas are not participating in the strike.
The unions called for this strike after their talks with the government failed.
Early reports suggest that the strike is already showing considerable impact in Kolkata in West Bengal. Private buses, autos and taxis are reported to be off the road. On Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a circular directing all government employees to be present today. It was revised later and all employees are said to lose a day’s pay if they go on leave.