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Shut-down paralyses normal life in Western Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Sambalpur (Odisha) 

Normal life was paralysed in districts Thursday, on the first day of a 48-hour shut-down called by lawyers demanding setting up of a permanent bench in the region, police said.

While were affected, vehicular movement virtually came to a grinding halt in the region during the "Maha Bandh" called by the (CAC) of All Bar Association (AWOBA).

At least nine trains were cancelled, while five others were partially cancelled and three trains diverted in view of rail roko held by bandh supporters at several places including Sambalpur, Hirakud and Sambalpur City, an East Coast Railway (EC0R) said.

Roads wore a deserted look as as movement of vehicles including passenger buses and trucks stopped playing in at least seven districts like Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Subarnapur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh and Nuapada, the police said.

A large number of commuters were left stranded at several places due to disruption of and non-plying of passenger buses, they said.

Shops, business outfits, educational institutions and government offices remained closed due to the bandh. Some examinations scheduled to be held on Thursday were postponed.

Emergency services like health care, ambulance, water supply have been kept out of the purview of the bandh.

of the of AWOBA, Sureshswar Mishra said the stir was supported by major political parties inclding BJD, and

Trade unions, farmers' outfits, civil societies and several social and cultural organisations have also extended their support to the bandh, he said.

The long standing demand of establishment of permanent bench in must be met without further delay and both the and the Centre should take quik steps in this regard, Mishra said.

Meanwhile, has decided to launch a separate agitation for setting up of the bench in Balangir and called for a bandh in the district on December 3.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 13:50 IST