Congress’ 12-hour bandh hits normal life in Balangir 

Balangir: Normal life was crippled here in Odisha on Thursday due to a 12-hour bandh call given by the Congress party demanding immediate construction of bypass road outside the town.

The bandh was called following the death of a college student in road accident here on yesterday.

While vehicular traffic on the roads came to a grinding halt in the town due to the dawn-to-dusk bandh, educational institutions and business establishments remained closed today.

Congress activists also held a rally and resorted to picketing and road blockade in important junctions in the town.

Members of truck and bus owners’ associations also extended support to the strike.

Sources said, a few other local bodies including Balangir Joint Action Committee have called for a bandh tomorrow as well protesting frequent road accidents in the town.

A Plus Two girl student was mowed down by a speeding truck at Satyanarayan Pada on Wednesday morning, while she was going to college on a bicycle on NH-26.

Soon after the incident, students and political activists had staged a road blockade by keeping the dead body on road.

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