Violence reported in parts of West Bengal on second day of bandh 

Drivers of government-run buses in Kolkata were seen wearing helmets as bandh supporters resorted to vandalism. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2019, 11.21 AM (IST) Pooja Mehta

Sporadic incidents of violence reported in several parts of West Bengal on the second day of the Bharat Bandh called by the central trade unions. 

While Bengal’s capital Kolkata mostly remained normal with buses, trams and metro train services running smoothly, fewer people were seen on the roads. 

Drivers of government-run buses in Kolkata were seen wearing helmets as bandh supporters resorted to vandalism. 

CPM supporters clashed with the police today morning when the latter tried to prevent them from carrying out a rally in Kolkata’s Jadavpur area. Police arrested several CPM supporters and leaders including senior leader Sujan Chakraborty following the incident. 

In North Bengal’s Coochbehar district, a Dinhata bound bus was vandalised by bandh supporters. The driver and few passengers suffered minor injuries. Buses were also vandalised in Bengal’s Birbhum and Howrah district. 

Train services were affected in parts of Bengal as bandh supporters threw banana leaves on train overhead wires to hinder their movement. The Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express was also cancelled due to the obstruction on the rail line. 

On the Sealdah-Bongaon line’s Habra station, as many as five crude bombs were recovered from the rail tracks. GRP has rushed to the spot to recover the bombs and clear the tracks for movement of trains. 

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While Bengal’s capital Kolkata mostly remained normal with buses, trams and metro train services running smoothly, fewer people were seen on the roads.