Odisha: 12-hour bandh cripples normal life in Talcher
Angul: Normal life was crippled in Talcher town in the district today due to 12-hour bandh call given by the Talcher Surakshya Samiti to press their four-point charter of demands.
Their demands include filling up of vacant doctors’ posts in Government-run hospitals, supply of safe drinking water to the residents, necessary steps to ensure a pollution-free environment in the coal town.
Vehicular traffic on the roads came to a grinding halt in the town due to the dawn-to-dusk bandh. Commuters had a narrowing time reaching their destinations as the protestors resorted to picketing and road blockade in different places in the town.
All Government and private offices, banks and insurance offices remained closed while schools and colleges declared a holiday. Business establishments too had downed their shutters.
The protestors also staged a Rail Roko at the Talcher railway station, disrupting train services.
The agitators said that they would intensify their agitation in the days ahead if their demands are not taken into consideration at the earliest.
Meanwhile, adequate police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order situation in the town.