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Bandh hits normal life at Daringbadi

Staff Reporter


All business establishments, educational institutes, and banks remain closed


BERHAMPUR: A dawn to dusk bandh affected normal life at Daringbadi and its adjoining areas in Kandhamal district on Thursday.

The bandh call was given by a group of organisations such as Banabasi Surakshya Parishad, Adivasi Adhikar Andolan, Police Daman Birodhi Mancha, and Odisha Adivasi Mancha. They were protesting against the lathi-charge on a group of protestors, including women, near Daringbadi block office on Wednesday. The protestors were demonstrating in front of the block office demanding release of a group a villagers from Kerubadi and Bhramarbadi villages, who had been taken in for questioning after an ambush by Maoists near Kerubadi village on Monday in which a security person was killed and another was injured.

According to Deputy Inspector-General of police R.K. Sharma, police resorted to lathi-charge when protestors assaulted a police constable on duty.

All business establishments, educational institutes, and banks remained closed at the small hill station on Thursday. Vehicular traffic between Daringbadi and other parts of Kandhamal district was also stalled till evening. Vehicular traffic was also affected in nearby places such as Simanbadi and Brahmanigaon due to the badh. Miscreants cut down trees to block the road connecting Sorada in Ganjam district and Daringbadi.

Passengers' woes

The bandh call put bus passengers to hardship. Hundreds of passengers, including women and small children, could not get food material also as all shops remained closed.

Forces deployed

Five platoons of armed forces were deployed at Daringbadi.

Baliguda Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) and Baliguda tehsildar camped at Daringbadi to monitor the situation.

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