Bharat Bandh activists vandalise SBI treasury branch at Thiruvananthapuram for bank’s non-participation in strike

The SBI branch manager said a group of Bharat Bandh supporters came to his cabin, threatened the staff, damaged a glass table top and a computer

Bharat Bandh, SBI, Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram: A treasury branch of the State Bank of India here was attacked and trains were blocked in various parts of Kerala on Wednesday as the 48-hour trade union strike, which the activists fancy as a ‘Bharat Bandh’, entered its second day.

The branch manager said a group of people came to his cabin at around 10 AM and threatened the staff, damaged a glass table top and a computer. No additional police security was sought as the security staff was on duty, he said.

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At the Thiruvananthapuram railway station, the Thiruvananthapuram-Hyderabad Sabari Express and Venad Express were blocked, while the Kottayam-Nilambur passenger train in Kalamassery was held up for a while.

A Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) worker, who allegedly hurled stones at the BJP protest pandal here on Tuesday, has been arrested.

All trade unions except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have extended support to the strike called by 10 central trade union against the “anti-labour” policies of the Centre.

In many places, shops and commercial establishments were remained shut. Buses and autorickshaws were also off the roads.

Many shopkeepers alleged that they were asked to put down their shutters.

Most of the textile and spices shops in the Broadway Market in Kochi and Mittayi Theruvu (sweet street) in Kozhikode were open.

Sabarimala pilgrims, tourists, social and religious functions have been exempted from the strike.

The 10 central trade unions (CTUs) which have given a call for the two-day Bharat Bandh are protesting the government’s snub of their 12-point charter of demands seeking minimum wage of Rs 18,000, social security for all workers and issue related to price rise.

In Bengaluru, FirstPost reports, buses were attacked in more than 25 places when protesters hurled stones at them in places like Magadi Road, Vittal Mallya Road, Mysore Road and Mudalpalya in Bengaluru. As soon as the buses were attacked, BMTC asked drivers to get back to bus depots and stop working.

Buses that were on the road asked the passengers to get down in the middle of the road and are getting back to bus depots. One bus was attacked in Nelamangala and stones were thrown at two buses in Dasanpura.