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08 January 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: While the two-day long nationwide strike called by trade unions is being observed across the State, capital city Bhubaneswar has become the eye of the storm as 40 platoons of police force have been deployed for maintaining law and order situation.

Agitators were seen picketing before Secretariat and main traffic junctions at Nayapalli, Master Canteen and Vani Vihar squares. While buses remained off the roads, private vehicles were seen plying without any hassles. Shops and business establishments downed their shutters bringing normal life to a grinding halt. Vehicular movement was hit too as protestors staged picketing on main roads and burned tyres.

However, police has maintained strict vigil in a bid to avert untoward situation. Twin City Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty said, “40 platoons of police force have been deployed in Bhubaneswar. Our PCR vans and mobile patrolling have been beefed up. Till now, it has passed off peacefully and incident-free.”

Ten trade unions who have jointly called for the nationwide general strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, TUCC, UTUC, LPF and SEWA. Farmers too joined road jam, demonstration, protest meetings throughout the country to register their disenchantment with the government and its policies. Children too took to streets in Bhubaneswar.

Public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, port and dock workers, bank and insurance employees have also participated in the protest march against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment. Agitators staged demonstrations, rasta roko and rail roko, especially in the rural parts of the State.

Also Read: Shocking: Watch How Odisha Children Are Being Used To Make ‘Bharat Bandh’ A Success

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Satyajit Mohanty, Commissioner of Police, Twin City