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Bandh successful in western Odisha.

Sambalpur, April 28 -- The bandh call jointly given by seven different political parties of the State protesting price rise of the essential commodities, including diesel and petrol, paralysed life here for a day. The organisers, early in the morning, blocked movements of trains, buses and vehicles that proved a major problem for the passengers.

However, after symbolic halt of the trains for 45 minutes, the organisers allowed smooth movement of trains keeping in view to the inconvenience of the passengers amidst the blistering heat.

At the same time, most of the shops and commercial organisations, including banks and all other financial institutions, remained closed for the whole day. As such, schools are closed for the summer vacation. But different colleges had to suspend classes and reschedule class promotion examinations.

Leaders of BJD and all other political parties blocked roads at different points at Ainthapali, Dhanupali, Sindurpank, Remed and vehicles remained off the road.

Although seven political parties supported the bandh here, BJD was seen in the forefront with district president Rohit Pujari and his supporters leading the whole show.

Former MP Pramila Bahidar and former Minister Sanatan Bisi, both from BJD, Ashok Bisi of CPI, Kishore Jena of CPI(M) also took active part in picketing at various places.

Although the local administration took all preventive measures and police forces were deployed in all sensitive places, including railway stations, bus stands, there were no arrests here since the bandh was totally peaceful.

However, the police arrested 300 people at Jharsuguda, the police said.

Bandh was also peaceful and successful in Deogarh, Bargarh and other parts of western Odisha.

"The spontaneous support to the bandh shows how people are disgusted with Congress and the UPA Government at the Centre," said Pujari.

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Date:Apr 28, 2010
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