12-hour bandh hits life in Balangir town
Normal life in Balangir town was disrupted on Thursday due to a 12-hour bandh observed by the Balangir Town Congress Committee in protest against death of a college girl in a road accident on Wednesday.
Shops, business establishments and schools and colleges remained closed. Both Government and private buses remained off the road as agitators blocked the Balangir-Sambalpur main road.
The activists demanded Rs 25 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased girl, Mili Nayak, and construction of a bypass road to avoid further accidents.
“The accident occurred due to plying of heavy vehicles on the main road. Though we have demanded umpteen times for construction of a bypass to avoid accidents, neither the State not the Central Governments has listened to our demand. It seems that they are testing the patience of people of Balangir,” lamented Congress leader Samarendra Mishra.
Police personnel were deployed at several places to avoid any untoward incident during the protest.
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