Bharat Bandh Updates: Bengal protesters set police vehicle ablaze; Mamata condemns bandh

'We are demanding equal wage for contract workers': CITU General Secretary Tapan Sen

Tapan Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Tuesday asserted that Bharat Bandh on January, 8 has been called by all 10 Central unions along with different federations and is being organised to protest against "anti-worker policies of Central government".

Speaking to ANI, Sen said, "All 10 central unions along with all national independent federations of central and state governments, bank, defence production and other service sectors have called a strike against anti-worker and anti-national policies of BJP government".

He also stated that they have a 12-point charter of demand which includes equal wage for equal work, including for contractual workers.

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Protesters block railway track in Howrah

Protesters also block railway track in Kanchrapara,North 24 Parganas

Stones pelted at KSRTC bus in Karnataka

Shiv Sena extends support to 'Bharat Bandh' call by trade unions

Shiv Sena on Wednesday extended its support to trade unions' 'Bharat Bandh' call and slammed the central government for its policies and decisions.

In its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena stated that during the "first regime of BJP government, the industry and labour class was badly affected due to its decisions like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST)." Transport and banking services at several places are likely to be affected due to the 'Bharat Bandh' called by all 10 Central trade unions along with different federations being organised to protest against "anti-worker policies of BJP government".

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BPCL employees protest government's strategic disinvestment in Mumbai

Left continues to protest even as TMC attempts to keep normalcy

Rail and road blocks seen at Dum Dum, Kachrapara and other parts of West Bengal.

Left supporters stopped by police after they tried to stop cars at Karunamoyee in Salt lake.

Private vehicles and app-based cabs are running, but lesser in numbers. Several trains are running late as protesters are holding rail roko protests in several places.

With inputs from Prema Rajaram

Crude bombs recovered by GRPF on railway tracks in north 24 Parganas.

Protestors gather at Mount road in Chennai

Rahul Gandhi hails trade unions' strike, says 'anti-people' policies have created 'catastrophic' unemployment

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hailed the trade unions 'Bharat Bandh' call and said that the "anti-people" and "anti-labour" policies of the centre have created 'catastrophic' unemployment.

Left Leader Sujan Chakraborty detained by Police for protesting in WB

Protesters get violent during a rally, break barricades and Police van's glass at Jadavpur 8B bus stand. Some also burnt tyres on the road.

Left Leader Sujan Chakraborty who was at the rally and has been detained by the Police along with other protestors.

Police resorted to lathicharge.

Heavy Police deployment and RAF on the spot.

With inputs from Prema Rajaram

Left and Congress take out peaceful rallies in WB, headed towards Tollygunge

Left along with Congress took out two peaceful rallies in West Bengal's Rash Bihari crossing area, which is a key arterial road. Rally is moving towards Tollygunge.

Two different rallies were taken out by Congress and Left which were merged together. The rallies have caused heavy traffic.

Heavy police deployment in area at the spot.

With inputs from Prema Rajaram

State Government supports today's #BharatBandh call of different trade unions, Govt at the Centre is an anti-labour Govt: Ashok Chavan, PWD Minister

Protest march underway in Thiruvananthapuram

Protestors block railway tracks at Bhandar Tikuri Railways station of East Burdwan

The Bandh suporters have blocked the railway tracks at Tikuri Railways station of East Burdwan. The protestors have also blocked the NH 2 in Durgapur.

One Government bus was vandalised and scrimmage was also seen.

With inputs from Prema Rajaram

Asansol Mayor and TMC MLA Tiwari protest against the strike

Mayor of Asansol Municipal corporation and TMC MLA from Pandeshwar Jitendra Tiwary along with other party workers came out in protest of strike called by the different trade Unions.

Mayor alongwith his party workers opened shops in area.

With inputs from Prema Rajaram

Bharat Bandh protest scenes from Jadavpur

Bharat bandh protest in Jadavpur, West Bengal.

Bus vandalised in Cooch Behar during Bharat Bandh

Clashes between TMC and SFI workers broke out in Burdwan

Protestors take out a march in Delhi

Protesters block a railway track in Amritsar

Police lathicharge strike supporters at Sujapur area under Malda District of West Bengal, set police vehicle ablaze

Thousands of Bandh supporters were protesting by blocking the road and they allegedly attacked the Police when the personnel tried to clear the road, report's the Free Press Journal's Prema Rajaram.

This is not called a protest: Mamata Banerjee condemns bandh supporters for 'blocking roads and creating chaos'

"The Left in Bengal has no ideology unlike in Kerala.They are not in power in Bengal and hence doing this," Banerjee said.

She also said that keeping bombs on railway lines is 'goondaism'.

"Why can’t they protest throughout the year instead of calling bandhs? This is not called a protest. We condemned the JNU incident and sent our delegation to stand by them. In the name of protest,they are blocking roads and creating chaos," she said.

"I condemn this. Instead of helping people whose incomes has gone down in the country, they are inconveniencing common people," the Free Press Journal's Prema Rajaram quoted her as saying.

Protest at Delhi University against CAA-NRC and in support of #BharatBandh called by ten trade unions

Despite harsh weather conditions,Centre of Indian Trade Unions holds protest in Shimla to support Bharat Bandh