Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:34:56 GMT | By PTI

Action if shops remain closed during strike: Mamata

The West Bengal Chief Minister says that administrative steps will be taken if shops were closed in the next two days in the state


Action if shops remain closed during strike: Mamata (© Reuters)

Kolkata: After warning of stern action against enforcement of the two-day general strike by Central trade unions, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said steps would be taken if shops were closed in the next two days in the state.

The chief minister told a meeting of the government-instituted Task Force that administrative steps would be taken if shops were closed in the next two days, West Bengal Forum of Traders' Associations General Secretary Rabindranath Kolay said.

Kolay, who was present at the meeting, said the chief minster directed that police would patrol all markets during the strike so that normal activities were maintained. She said her government would pay compensation if strikers ransack or damage shops. The chief minister, however, did not elaborate on the point of compensation, Kolay said.

The chief minister had on Monday said that there would be no bandh in the state and the administration would ensure that life was normal and work did not suffer.

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