Bargarh: Normal life was crippled in Attabira of Odisha’s Bargarh district on Wednesday due to 12-hour bandh called by farmers, protesting the centralised token system for paddy procurement.
Vehicular traffic on the roads came to a grinding halt in the town due to the dawn-to-dusk bandh. Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded both sides of NH 6, which passes through the town.
Commuters had a narrowing time reaching their destinations as the protestors resorted to picketing and road blockade in different places in Attabira town.
Government offices, shops and business establishments remained closed in view of the bandh call.
Yesterday, the farmers had locked up the office of Civil Supplies Department in the district and burnt effigy of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain.
The farmers alleged that the centralised token system would delay in paddy procurement in the state.
As per the system, tokens will be issued 15 days prior to procurement of paddy and sent to registered mobile numbers of farmers for selling paddy at the designated mandi.