Bhubaneswar, September 10 (Odisha.in)
Orissa bandh was complete and successful on Monday as all the shops and
commercial establishments including banks remained closed and vehiculartraffic
in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack came to a grinding halt.
The train services all over the State were canceled and the
State Government had closed down all the educational institutions as a safety
The bandh call was given separately by the Congress and CPI-CPI(M)
protesting against the failure of Naveen Patnaik Government in tackling cholera
epidemic in Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi districts, failure in maintaining
law and order, female feoticide, large scale circulation of spurious drugs,
tampering of mark-sheets in Board of Secondary examinations as well as in the
+3 examination of Utkal University etc.
Senior Congress leaders like leader of Opposition J.B. Patnaik, PCC President
Jayadev Jena, former Union Minister Srikanta Jena , Nalini Kanta Mohanty, Suresh Kumar
Routray etc. were actively participated in picketing before the State Secretariat
and other Government offices. A number of CPI and CPI(M) cadres have also
participated in the bandh.
There was thin attendance in the State Secretariat and other Government offices
and some of the ministers were seen entering the Secretariat through the back gate
riding on pillions of bikes.
The bandh supporters closed the roads by lighting tyres to prevent vehicular
traffic. There were no vehicular traffic on National High Way No.5.
Heavy police forces were deployed near all the Government offices and also at
market places to maintain law and order.
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Talking to media persons, Director General of Police Amarananda Patnaik said
that the bandh was peaceful and there were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the State.