People have not responded to the bandh, Patil said.
Banks witnessed thin business in Mumbai. While branches were open as the city transport system was not impacted by the strike, the banking district witnessed low business because there was a near-total compliance to the bandh call by traders and other commercial establishments.
In Akola, protesters waved flags at Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was proceeding to attend a function at the local agriculture university.
Image: A man walks past a transport bus whose tire was deflated by protestors during a nationwide strike to protest a steep hike in gas prices in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 31, 2012.