- Title: INDIA: ONE DAY GENERAL STRIKE IN INDIA'S MOST POPULOUS STATE.
- Date: 13th July 1966
- Summary: Lucknow University and streets deserted; Shops closed police patrolling. Initials MM/V/MGT/GLH Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 28th July 1966 13:00
- Location: Lucknow, India
- Country: India
- Reuters ID: LVA35MHGKW620VB8AMGK05JOGRZ0
- Story Text: Many shops and offices closed down and streets were deserted in major cities in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, yesterday (Tuesday) as communist, socialist and republican parties called a state wide general strike in protest against rising prices and taxes.
Although the strike was called on a state-wide basis, its effects were seen mostly in the large cities. Banks, government offices and some of the larger shops remained open but many shops answered the call to close for a day. Part of the reason for the deserted streets was a Government ban on processions, public meetings, and the assembly of more than five people.
In other measures to prevent violence the government ordered the arrest of more than two thousand leaders of the parties who organised the strike.
Despite the precautions there was some violence. At Banda, 120 miles from Lucknow, five people were killed and sixty injured when police opened fire on demonstrators. There were several incidents in which people were injured when demonstrators stoned passing trains.
The strike is a protest against rising living costs and a recent increase in tax on land holdings in the state which has a population of 75 million. Most parts of the state were unaffected by the strike and economic life appeared to have continued without any major dislocation.
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