The nationwide strike by trade unions on the second day saw public transport vehicles keep off roads and trains running very late after picketing.
The treasury branch of State Bank of India was vandalised by those on strike. Police identified two leaders among the 15 who attacked the bank on Wednesday morning. The two were said to be NGO Union state committee member Suresh Babu, a GST inspector in Thiruvananthapuram, and Suresh, an inspector in GST deputy commissioner office. CCTV visuals of the duo attacking the bank were put out by the police.
According to the bank manager, a group of people barged into his cabin, threatened the staff and damaged a computer and a table top. The band was later closed.
Police have booked the miscreants under non-bailable offences.
The bank is close to the protest venue of the joint committee of trade union where CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan addressed a public meeting later. He told mediapersons that action would be taken once the protestors who attacked the bank were identified.
Elsewhere in the State, it was a near-hartal scenario though shops remained open. Private vehicles were seen plying and in several places autorickshaws began services.