Shutdown causes widespread disruption of services in West Bengal

January 22nd, 2009 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI  

West Bengal, Jan 22 (ANI): A 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition party Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) on Thursday has disrupted train and road transport services in West Bengal.

The party has made eighteen demands, including reduction of transport fares following drop in international oil prices.

However, Kolkota remained largely unaffected by the shutdown, though buses were few in certain areas. Some schools were closed, but markets remained open.

The Socialist Unity Centre of India supporters, sat on tracks on the Sealdah- Lakhikantapur, Sealdah-Budge Budge and Sealdah-Canning sections of the Eastern Railway in adjoining South 24 Parganas district to make make their voices heared.

Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police Pradip said,thirteen people have been arrested so far. (ANI)

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