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Trains stopped by protesters in TN, banking services hit

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai/Hyderabad 

Trains were stopped by protesters at a few places in and services in some 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 CITU's A along with over 100 protesters were detained for picketing trains at the Guindy railway station, police said.

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," told PTI, adding that across the state protests were held in over 70 places.

Similar protests were held in front of Madurai railway station and near the old bus-stand in district and affecting movement of vehicles and rail traffic.

Police said no incidents of violence were reported. Offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions functioned normally.

Barring interruption to services in some of the public sector banks, it was business as usual in Telangana Wednesday.

Employees belonging to the All Employees Association (AIBEA) and Employees Federation of participated in the strike affecting transactions partially across the State, AIBEA national B S said.

He said clerical staff of all PSU banks except State of and participated in the strike on the second day also.

"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...," told

More than 22 lakh employees and workers of public, private and unorganised sectors in Telangana participated in the strike, M Saibabu claimed.

A senior of the State-run Road Transport Corporation said lunch hour protests were held by some of its employees.

Buses plied as the major trade union body Telangana Mazdoor Union decided to confine their protest to lunch hour demonstrations only, a State-run said.

Schools in the state also functioned normally.

There was no impact of the strike on the IT industry in Hyderabad, Software Enterprises Association said in a message.

According to the federation (BEFTN) C P Krishnan, members staged protests at 50 locations across the country as part of the two-day stir.

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 CH Venkatachalam said bank employees during the protests highlighted their demands which included strengthening of

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:55 IST
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