GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The nationwide 12-hour general strike called by a joint platform of central trade unions and federations of employees affected normal life in the city and other parts of the State.
In Guwahati, police arrested over 700 workers belonging to various trade unions while they were picketing on rail lines and roads. At many places, there were scuffles between the strike supporters and police. Meanwhile, 14 persons, including 7 women, were injured in a lathi-charge on demonstrators at Amingaon, trade union leaders claimed.
Protesters tried to block rail lines and national highways at several places in the State.
Officials at the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said that 14 trains were delayed across various locations in the State for various durations due to the picketing on rail lines.
Long distance bus services were also affected.
In the city, the rail line at Lakhtokia was blocked by trade union supporters from 5 am to 7 am when police swung into action and cleared the tracks.
City buses mostly stayed off the roads of Guwahati, but private vehicles continued to ply. While shops and business establishments were open, attendance in many government offices and public sector units like banks was thin.