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Bandh hits normal life in Malkangiri

The Congress had given the bandh call to protest against alleged police atrocities on innocents in the district

Normal life was disrupted in Malkangiri district on Monday due to a dawn to dusk bandh call given by the Congress party in the district.

The party had given the bandh call to protest against alleged police atrocities on innocents in Malkangiri district, and alleged attempts by police and administration to stop people from coming to the rally of the Congress in Malkangiri town on Sunday, said the Congress leaders. Decision of this bandh call was taken on Sunday. But the Congress activists preferred to use this bandh call as their show of strength before the coming elections and tried hard to make it a success.

The Congress activists were led by Congress MP of Nabarangpur Pradeep Majhi, who represents this district for this bandh call. It may be noted that Congress activists led by Mr. Majhi had held dharna in Bhubaneswar from Feb 12 to 14 to protest against police atrocities on innocents in Malkangiri district. They had demanded information regarding four tribals who had allegedly gone missing after Malkangiri poliec had rounded them up. For the same issue Mr Majhi had sat on hunger strike in Bhubaneswar for a week till Feb 20.

To highlight the issue, the Congress party had called up a rally in Malkangiri town on Sunday, which had been attended by Mr Majhi, State Congress president Jayadev Jena and AICC observer for Odisha B.K.Hariprasad. Congress leaders had alleged that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) had used poliec and administration to stop people from coming to the Congress rally.

Buses off road

The bandh call by the Congress stalled all means of passenger transportation in Malkangiri district on Monday. All private and OSRTC buses remained off road. Even the mini buses and jeeps that transport people in remote areas did not ply. In Malkangiri town and other areas of the district shops and business establishments remained closed. Led by Mr Majhi Congress activists picketed in front of government offices and banks. Most offices and banks could not function. But the agitators spared the educational institutions where examinations were being held as well as essential services like medical facility, said Mr Majhi.

Rally planned

According to Mr. Majhi, in the near future they have decided to hold a rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in coming days to highlight the issue.

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