Kannada organisations have given a Karnataka bandh call opposing release of the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.
The High Court also directed the state police to ensure there is no damage to property of persons or establishments which do not support the hartal. Any damages so caused must be reported to the Court, it ordered.
According to Northern Railways, a total of 18 East-bound train services scheduled from different Northern Railway terminals have been cancelled today, and as many as 71 Delhi area-bound commuter trains (including return services) have also been dismissed for today in the wake of the protests against the Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme.
The roads witnessed routine traffic jam with all the autos, taxis and buses operating normally, banking operations, offices including government and private both worked usual way.
The federation is protesting against the centre for not conducting a caste-based census for the Other Backward Classes (OBC).
When contacted, Southern Railway officials said that there is an unprecedented increase in the passenger flow in all the metro stations in Chennai.
Trains services were disrupted for a short while at a few places in the city and suburbs as supporters of the 12-hour strike staged a protest on the railway tracks. Commuters at Ultadanga station were stranded for a while after the bandh supporters allegedly burnt tyres on the tracks and staged a sit-in demonstration resulting in rail blockade for a few minutes.
State government has clarified that government and private establishments, schools and colleges, shops, markets, industrial establishments, transport and all sectors will remain open and function normally tomorrow.
"The whole TMC is operated by the police department as police collect money by allowing vehicles transporting coal, sand and deliver the cash to Kolkata," he alleged. Asked about cattle smuggling kingpin Enamul Haque arrested by ED, Suvendu, Adhikari said "Enamul means Trinamool, the agency will do their job."