The call for an all-out strike in Bombay on Tuesday (15 May) was poorly supported and caused little effect except for a brief demonstration in which parked cars were stoned and street stalls overturned.
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GV Demonstrators being chased by police & being struck (2 shots)
SV Cars with broken windscreens (2 shots)
SV Water carrier overturned
SV PAN FROM Burnt out car TO Firemen
GV People walking in street continuing normal life
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Background: The call for an all-out strike in Bombay on Tuesday (15 May) was poorly supported and caused little effect except for a brief demonstration in which parked cars were stoned and street stalls overturned.
The propaganda campaign for a full-scale strike in protest against food shortage and rising prices just didn't stir much support from major trade unions.
The All India Trade Union Congress, the Centre of India Trade Union, and the serve Shramik Sangh, did ???ld a strike meeting.
It was on a march from that meeting to the State secretariat that some of the marchers began a short-lived rampage in one of the city's business districts. But police soon put an end to the rioting and arrested some of the demonstrators.
SYNOPSIS: Only a few union members attended a strike rally in Bombay on Tuesday. Despite a big propaganda campaign for a full-scale stoppage, most major trade unions withdrew their support.
The All India Trade Union Congress, the Centre of India Trade Union, and the Serve Shramik Singh did manage to stage a march to the State Secretariat, but not without opposition. During the march, police made a baton charge against some demonstrators who were throwing stones at cars.
More than two hundred cars were damaged and some of the demonstrators were arrested. In one of the business districts, pavement shops were overturned and smashed.
The strike was in protest against the rise in prices and the shortage of essential commodities.
City services were only slightly affected by the strike and life soon returned to normal.