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A view of KSRTC bus depot. KSRTC buses had only skeletal service but high-tech buses were not put to work in the morning. Photo: K. Gopinathan
The Hindu A view of KSRTC bus depot. KSRTC buses had only skeletal service but high-tech buses were not put to work in the morning. Photo: K. Gopinathan

Barring stray incidents of stone pelting in Bellary, the nationwide strike called by 11 trade unions in support of their demands evoked a mixed response across Karnataka today.

Sources said some persons pelted stones at some buses and blocked the roads in Bellary, while normal life was hit in Koppal, with buses, autorickshaws and other transport services off the roads, officials said.

In Bangalore, no untoward incident was reported. Shops and educational institutions remained closed, while State transport services operated lesser number of buses. Autos were off the roads and there was no disruption in train services.

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation Managing Director told reporters that 80 buses were plying in the city and no incident of violence had been reported from anywhere.

Services at various hospitals were not affected, as also in information technology companies, many of whose employees worked from home, the sources said.

Security has been tightened across the State, with 17,000 policemen being deployed in Bangalore itself.

(This article was published on February 20, 2013)
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