Trains were stopped by protesters at a few places in Tamil Nadu and banking services in some public sector banks interrupted in Telangana but life largely remained unaffected Wednesday during the second day of the two-day nationwide stir called by 10 central trade unions.
The unions are protesting the "anti-labour" policies of the Centre.
In Chennai, protests were held at Mount Road and Perambur and Guindy railway stations.
The protesters jostled with police, who tried to remove the agitators from the station premises.
"We have been detained and now kept at Guindy Race Course," Soundararajan told PTI, adding that across the state protests were held in over 70 places.
Police said no incidents of violence were reported. Offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions functioned normally.
Barring interruption to banking services in some of the public sector banks, it was business as usual in Telangana Wednesday.
Employees belonging to the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India participated in the strike affecting banking transactions partially across the State, AIBEA national secretary B S Rambabu said.
"About 18000 employees belonging to the two unions participated in the strike on the second day. All clerical staff took part in the strike. Though officers are working, transactions in many banks have come to a standstill...," Rambabu told PTI.
A senior official of the State-run Road Transport Corporation said lunch hour protests were held by some of its employees.
Schools in the state also functioned normally.
Banking operations of 85,000 public and private sector branches operating in Tamil Nadu and 25,000 cooperative society banks were affected during the strike, he said.
Echoing similar views, All India Bank Employees' Association general secretary CH Venkatachalam said bank employees during the protests highlighted their demands which included strengthening of public sector banks.
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