Police and troops were patrolling the streets of Calcutta on Monday, after business activity and public transport had been brought to a standstill by a 24-hour General Strike throughout the state of West Bengal.
GV PAN..Deserted streets, closed government offices
SV & LV Army lorries patrol streets (2 shots)
LV closed shops
GV General post office building closed
SV PAN..armed police guard patrol outside P.O., PAN to Hammer and Sickle slogans
LV PAN..army vehicles on patrol
GV PAN..from Howrah bridge to deserted railway station and tracks
GV EXT..of closed factory
SV PAN down red flags outside closed shop in rural area
LV PAN..closed dilapidated shops
SV Armed police on patrol
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Background: Police and troops were patrolling the streets of Calcutta on Monday, after business activity and public transport had been brought to a standstill by a 24-hour General Strike throughout the state of West Bengal.
The strike was called by most of the West Bengal political parties in mourning for, and as a protest against the Killing at the weekend of left-wing, Forward Bloc leader Mr. Hemanta Kumar Basu.
Mr. Basu, a candidate in next month's state assembly elections, was the fourth candidate or prospective candidate to be killed in the year-long wave of violence effecting West Bengal. On Monday at least 12 people were killed and 11 injured in the Calcutta area, although police said the killings did not directly result from the work stoppage. In December the life of West Bengal's 80-million people was brought to a standstill by a general strike, in response to the re-imposition of the West Bengal Violence Act, which gave police widespread powers to deal with violence and maintain law and order.
For almost two years now, West Bengal has been under direct Presidential rule.