Kendrapara, Jan 8 (LocalWire) Normal life was disrupted across Kendrapara and Jajpur districts on Tuesday following Bharat Bandh called by trade unions protesting against the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi-led union government.
In both the districts, all long and short-distance buses, that run under the state transport corporation and private bus owners’ association, were cancelled.
There was a complete shutdown in both the districts with no vehicular movement.
Commercial establishments, educational institutes, banks and non-government offices remained closed during the day.
Many ATMs were shut down by the bank authorities during the bandh for which the public was harassed.
Agitators blocked all rail movement at Jajpur, with hundreds of passengers stranded at railway stations.
Long distance buses did not originate from bus terminals fearing violence by agitators. Roads wore a deserted look. Thousands of vehicles were stranded on national highways and state highways passing through the districts.
The protesters organised rallies and sit-ins at important junctions at several towns.
The agitators blocked the national highways at various places in the districts by squatting on the main roads and not allowing even private vehicles to ply.
The bandh supporters, however, kept patients, doctors and medicine shops out of the ambit of the shutdown.
The Bharat Bandh has also partially disrupted industrial work at Kalinganagar in Jajpur due to road blockade.
Many workers of steel plants were prevented by bandh supporters to enter their offices at Kalinganagar.
“The bandh was peaceful in Kendrapara,” said sub-collector Sanjay Mishra.