GUWAHATI, Aug 7 - Normal life was affected across the State in view of the 24-hour nationwide strike called by transport workers pressing for various demands.
Called by the All India Motor Transport Organisation, the strike was supported by the All India Road Transport Workers Union, North East Heavy Goods Carrier Truck Owners and Driver Welfare Association, All Asom Motor Shramik Jutiya Parishad, Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union, Asom Motor Shramik Federation and other workers� unions.
Public vehicles were off the roads, affecting commuters, mostly office-goers and students. In Guwahati, however, many schools had declared a holiday. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
�The strike was a success across the State. Buses, taxis, trekkers and autos were off the roads, besides cylinder carrying vehicles and gas tankers,� general secretary of the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union Ramen Das claimed. Three sit-in demonstrations were held in the city by the workers � at Patharquarry, Khanapara and in front of the DTO office. Separate memorandums were submitted to the government.
Staff Correspondent adds from Dibrugarh: The city was partially affected today by the chakka bandh. All modes of vehicular traffic were seen on the roads except for the long distance commercial transport buses and few light passenger vehicles. The attendance in the educational institutions was affected.