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Bharat Bandh Live Updates: 500 protesters detained in Bhubaneswar

Ten trade unions and six bank unions are participating in the Bharat Bandh against what these unions have termed as Centre's “anti-people” policies. The trade unions had met the MoL earlier this month and were not happy with the outcome of the meeting. Bank employee unions have decided to participate in the strike which could lead to services being affected at several branches.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Jan 08, 2020 17:34 IST
Bharat Bandh Live Updates: 500 protesters detained in Bhubaneswar
Trucks parked at APMC Truck Terminal on Bharat Bandh called by various Labour Union Orginasarion on Wednesday.

Several trade and bank employees' unions are going on a nationwide strike displaying their unhappiness over what they call Centre's 'attitude of contempt towards labour'. In a joint statement, the trade union leaders said that the Ministry of Labour failed to assure workers on their demands concerning minimum wage and employment security because of which a Bharat Bandh has been called. Privatisation of PSUs, education and no labour conferences held in the past 4 years has also angered the unions which are holding the strike.


Here are the live updates:

04:42 PM IST

Business as usual in Telangana, banking ops hit

Barring banking services being hit, it was business as usual in Telangana on Wednesday despite the nationwide strike called by various trade unions protesting the Centre's 'anti-people' policies. Most of the shops and business establishments were open while transport services remained unaffected.

04:17 PM IST

Left parties on ventilator, trying to stop progress of country: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday speaking about the Bharat Bandh called by trade unions said that left parties are on a ventilator and they are trying to stop the progress of the country. "The left parties are on a ventilator and they are trying to stop the progress of the country. Today the country is demanding a stable and strong government," Naqvi told ANI.

03:52 PM IST

Ordnance factory employee support 'Bharat Bandh' in Chandigarh

Employees of Ordnance Cable Factory extended their support to the strike called by trade unions against the policies of the Central government. The factory workers demanded that the ordnance factories should not be handed over to the corporate sector and, rather, remain under the control of the Defence Ministry. : ANI

03:48 PM IST

Various labour union cadres protest in Chennai

Protesters gathered at Mount Road in Chennai and raised slogans against the central government. Besides, several organisations including political outfits took to the street to mark their agitation in various cities of Tamil Nadu.

03:32 PM IST

Trade and employee unions in Goa participate in 'Bharat Bandh'

Several trade and employee unions in Goa participated in the 'Bharat Bandh' call by ten central trade unions across the country on Wednesday. Strike in Goa started with a rally from Kadamba bus stand in Panaji to culminate with a massive rally at Azad Maidan.

03:27 PM IST

Delhi largely unaffected by nationwide trade union strike

The national capital largely remained unaffected by the nation-wide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday, though most industrial workers stayed away from work. Metro and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) services functioned normally despite the strike call.

03:21 PM IST

500 protesters detained during 'Bharat Bandh' in Bhubaneswar

As many as 500 protesters were detained here during the 'Bharat Bandh' call by trade unions on Wednesday.

Among those arrested are members of various trade unions and supporters of Congress party.

03:20 PM IST

CPI (M) engaged in violence during 'bandhs', says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the Communist Party of India (Marxists) CPI (M) has no ideology and it only engages in violence during the 'bandhs' (strikes). : ANI

03:19 PM IST

Bharat Bandh hits normal life in Kerala

In the wake of the strike, all the shops were closed and private vehicles were kept off the roads. Besides, banking services in the state has also come to a standstill as around 25,000 employees and officers joined the strike. : ANI

03:00 PM IST

Violence erupts in Bengal's Malda

A mob, allegedly comprising supporters of the general strike called by Left and Congress supporters, attacked police with stones and torched two police vehicles in the Sujapur area of Bengal’s Malda district on Wednesday afternoon.

02:32 PM IST

'Protests being held peacefully': Andhra CPI secretary

"Thousands of workers and employees are participating in the nationwide strike called by the trade unions. Along with them, other organisations and left parties are actively participating in the Bandh. All the protests are being held peacefully here," said Andhra's CPI state secretary, K Ramakrishna.

02:29 PM IST

Political parties participate in Bharat Bandh in Vijayawada

Politicians, trade union workers and common people took to streets in Vijayawada on Wednesday to observe the 'Bharat Bandh' call.

01:44 PM IST

Life comes to a standstill in North East

Banking services such as cash withdrawal were also impacted in some public sector lenders while rail and road traffic was hit in Assam. Exams held by schools and colleges were conducted peacefully. Public transport and banking were affected due to Bharat Bandh in Tripura.

12:49 PM IST

Protest led by trade unions underway in Delhi

Several trade unions have begun a protest march in New Delhi.

12:09 PM IST

Suburban railways in TN unaffected due to Bandh: Officials to PTI

The CTU-led Bharat Bandh has had little impact in Tamil Nadu. Although leaders of bank employees' unions have claimed that banking operations were affected, but several employees from Indian bank reported operations were normal.

First published: Jan 08, 2020 06:26 IST