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Economic blockade observed in four Odisha districts in support

Press Trust of India  |  Sambalpur/Bhawanipatna (Odisha) 

Movement of raw materials and finished goods was hit as lawyers began a 3-day economic in four districts Monday demanding a permanent bench in the region.

Stepping up their agitation to press for the demand the (CAC) of Lawyers Association decided to observe the at a meeting held here on Sunday.

Vehicles engaged in of raw materials and finished goods like coal, cement, iron rods and sand to the companies are being detained at various places in Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Deogarh districts, CAC pokesperson Sureswar Mishra said.

In addition, industrial units and companies are being prevented from drawing water from Hirakud reservoir as part of the economic which will continue till Wednesday, he said.

However, vehicles carrying essential consumer items are allowed to ply, Mishra said adding people from all spheres have extended support to the agitation for setting up of a permanent bench of

Though the lawyers have been agitating since September last year demanding establishment of a permanent Bench in West Odisha, neither the nor the Centre has taken any concrete step in this regard, he said.

A large number of trucks and other vehicles carrying raw materials like minerals and finished items were stranded at several places on highways due to the blockade, police said adding no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

Meanwhile, a report from Bhawanipatna said the demand for setting up of a separate bench of High Court in gained momentum.

Normal life in district was paralysed on Monday due to a dawn-to-dusk shut-down called by Joint Coordination committee of of demanding a permanent Bench of High Court.

The 12-hour bandh was observed throughout the district and different political parties, civic society and trade unions supported the strike, of Kalahandi Bar Association Santosh Panda said.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular traffic came to a standstill, while banks, educational institutions and Courts were also closed.

Panda said Kalahandi fulfills all criteria required for establishment of High Court bench.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:30 IST