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Friday, December 01, 2006

Bangla Bandh begins

National NewsTrinamool Congress sponsored 12-hour Bangla bandh began at 0600 hours today amid heavy security cover to prevent any untoward incident.

There has been a mixed reaction to the bandh till now. While reports of some disruption and violence have filtered in from different parts of the state, the situation has been peaceful on the whole.

Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Pradip Chatterjee told UNI, " We have deployed 5000 police personnel in different parts of the city to prevent any untoward incidents." Besides this seven wireless vans, 25 Heavy Duty vehicles are also on the patrol, he said. "18 mobile escorts have been kept at different parts of the to escort the cars going to the IT sector. besides this 100 plus pickets have been put up at differnt parts of the city," he said.

He also made it clear that instructions have been given to arrest any individual or group trying to disrupt traffic using force. Meanwhile, reports coming in from different part state that train services have been partially affected on Sealdah, Budgebudge and Dankuni section of eastern Railway.

Trinamool Congress Bhatpara MLA Arjun Singh has been arrested for trying to disrupt traffic. In Asansol five Trinamool activists have been arrested. A Congress Zilla Committee President's car has been damaged by CPI(M) activists in Cooch Behar, sources said.

Meanwhile, a heavy deployment of police has been made at Singur and fencing of the land to be given to Tata Motors have started from Khaserberia region.

Section 144 is still clamped in the region. The bandh has been called to portest against the "illegal arrest" and police atrocities on party supremo Mamata Banerjee.

Addressing a press conference in the Trinamool Congress room in the state Assembly last evening, Ms Banerjee said the Congress and a number of other smaller Opposition parties were extending support to the bandh. "Our bandh is against police torture, barbarism and the fascist activities of the Left Front Government," she said after her party MLAs went berserk in the Assembly lobby.

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