Bharat Bandh called by TUs remain partial on 2nd day; Bus service withdrawn

Bengaluru, Jan 9 (UNI) The second day of Bharat Bandh called by various trade unions turned violent in many places in Karnataka with miscreants pelting stones at State transport buses in over 50 places, but the shut off call by workers remained partial with commercial establishments remain open and government and other offices operating normally across the State.

Police said stone pelting incidents were reported from many districts forcing transport corporations withdraw most of its services in the morning. But barring such incidents the situation remained well under control, sources said.

Police took into many custody agitating trade union members in several places after reports of stone pelting and their attempt to block vehicular traffic in thoroughfares were reported in many places including the state capital of Bengaluru.

Schools and colleges remained across the State for the second day today and all the varsities had already postponed the examinations programmed for yesterday and today.

In Bengaluru situation was normal with almost all business establishments opening their shutters and hotels and other establishments doing usual business. The city, however, witnessed huge pile up of private vehicles during morning peak hours as commuters preferred to travel on their own vehicles and traffic movement was slowed down markedly in main arteries.

A Belagavi report said the situation remained normal and for transport corporation also introduced more services compared to yesterday. KSRTC buses were running near normal schedules on Maharashtra, Goa, Hubballi, Vijayapura, Mangaluru and other routes.

Auto-rickshaws, maxi cabs, pickup vans were making usual business, while almost all business establishments, Hotels, Banks , street vendors, flowers and fruit merchants operated their business with normally. 

But reports from Gadag, Bagalkot districts reported stone pelting on KSRTC buses forcing authorities to suspend services temporarily.

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