Kendrapara, Jan 8 (LocalWire): Normal life was disrupted across Kendrapara district following the Bharat bandh called by the Opposition and trade unions in protest against the rising prices of essential commodities and against the Union government’s disinvestment, privatisation and labour reform policies.
‘The 12 hour-bandh passed off peacefully in Kendrapara,’ said Rajiv Lochan Panda, the Sub- Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Kendrapara.
The bandh was total in the district and long and short-distance buses run by the state transport corporation and private bus owners’ association remained cancelled. With no vehicular movement, the district witnessed a complete shutdown.
Commercial establishments, educational institutes, banks and non-governmental offices remained closed. Many ATMs were shut down by the bank authorities during the bandh causing problems for people.
Thousands of vehicles were stranded on national highways and state highways passing through the district.
The protesters organised rallies and sit-ins at important junctions of several towns.
They blocked national highways at various places and did not even allow private vehicles to pass through.
However, patients, doctors and medical shops were out of the ambit of the bandh.