Staff Reporter, Howrah, Chakulia: A 12-hour strike called by Jharkhand Disom Party protesting against the Religious Freedom Act and demanding recognition of tribals’ ‘Sarna Dharma’ as a religion,has massively affected daily life in West Bengal.
The protestors in order to demonstrate their anger and disapproval against the Act, blocked many railway lines and disrupted the daily schedule of the passengers.
Rail and road connectivity in West Bengal is affected for half of the day on Monday as supporters of the Adivas Sengal Abhiyan and the Jharkhand Disham Party raised blockades on tracks to protest.
The agitators, sources said, raised blockades at Chakulia , Dalkhola (North Dinajpur), Arariya (Bihar) and many places, leading to cancellation and regulation of many trains in West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam.
Due to the protest, 7 passenger trains are cancelled from Howrah Station. The other trains include Kamrup Express, Kanchanjangha Express, Dadar Express, Padatik Express, Uttarbanga Express, Darjeeling Mail, Saraighat Express and the Shatabdi Express.
Since morning, supporters of the party squatted on the rail tracks. They also staged blockades at Malda, Purulia, South Dinajpur. Policemen had rushed to the spots but could not manage to persuade the protesters to withdraw the blockade.
Altogether many trains are cancelled, including New Jalpaiguri- Shatabdi Express, following a blockade of tracks by the Jharkhand Disham Party in Purulia. The track blockade by the party at Madhukunda, Indrabil and Kantadihi stations in Adra division in Purulia since 6am is part of a 12-hour bandh called by the party. Several other trains are also stalled in different stations in Purulia and Bankura districts. .