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Nov 29 2016 (07:17)  Hartal hits normal life in Kollam (www.thehindu.com)
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Buses remain off roads, shops down shutters, banking operations normal
Monday’s hartal called by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to protest against the demonetisation of higher denomination currency notes affected normal life in Kollam.
Though banks functioned, shops and public markets remained closed. The public road transport system remained off the roads and all educational institutions remained closed.
Autorickshaws were seen plying in dribs
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and drabs. A few loaded trucks were also seen passing through Kollam. The Passport Seva Kendram here functioned as usual and there was a big crowd of applicants there. Private vehicles including cars plied as usual and there are no reports of attack on these vehicles.
During the morning hours, autorickshaws operated services from the railway station to different parts of the city.
But as time neared for the protest marches by political parties, the autorickshaws based at the Chinnakada and railway station remained off the roads. This hit people who wanted to go to the railway station and others who had arrived at the station.
A group of women sportspersons from Orissa and Andamans who arrived here to participate in the national junior level roving competitions got stranded for quite some time at the railway station since autorickshaws refused to ply because of the dharna by the Congress there. The accommodation was arranged for the teams at the hockey stadium complex two kms away.
The police then intervened and arranged a freight autorickshaw to transport the team members. All of them were seen enjoying the ride to the hockey stadium. The Congress and the LDF organised separate marches to register their protest against the “hardships caused by the demonetisation.
The LDF that began from the Rest House Junction at Chinnakada culminated for a protest meeting at the Chinnakada bus stand complex.
Most of the government offices in the civil station complex remained shut. In a few that were seen open, there were hardly any officers.
But all courts in the same complex functioned. Even the arguments in the trial of the Avaneeshwaram liquor tragedy case before the District and Sessions Court proceeded as usual.
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