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HC bench: 48-hour Maha Bandh paralyses life in western Odisha

Intensifying its agitation for the establishment of a permanent High Court bench in western Odisha, the Central Action Committee (CAC) of All-Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) today launched a 48-hour ‘Maha bandh’ in the western districts of the State.

The Sambalpur Bar Association including various lawyer associations of different districts and social and cultural organisation of western Odisha have taken part in the two-day-long ‘Maha bandh’.

As a result, normal life has come to a grinding halt in the region since today morning. Shops, various educational, business establishments & markets have remained closed due to the bandh. The Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) has also postponed its examination to be held today.

48-hour Mahabandh in western Odisha over HC bench

However, emergency services have been kept out of the purview of the strike.

Meanwhile, the agitating lawyers of Sambalpur district staged ‘rail roko’ at Khetrajpur railway station disrupting rail services in the district. Sambalpur-Puri and Sambalpur-Rayagada Intercity trains were halted in the station to mark the bandh.

“However, emergency services like ambulance, medical, water supply have been exempted. We will completely disrupt the rail services during the ‘Maha bandh’,” said Bijitendra Pradhan, President of the Sambalpur District Bar Association.

“The Chief Minister had written thrice to the Central Government to take steps to establish permanent HC bench in western Odisha. But as the demands were not fulfilled, we have resorted to the Maha bandh,” said Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, who also took part in the agitation at Khetrajpur railway station.

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On the other hand, the Balangir Bar Association has decided not to participate in the two-day-long shutdown. Instead, it will launch a separate agitation for the establishment of High Court bench in Bolangir.

The lawyers’ body has decided to launch cease work strike in the district from December 1 to 15 to press for their demand. The lawyers have also called for a bandh in Bolangir on December 3 over the demand.

Members of the Bolangir Bar Association will also shut down courts in the district from December 3 to 10 as a mark of protest.

Bandh demanding HC bench in Sambalpur hit normal life in Western Odisha

A 48 hour bandh called by the agitating lawyers demanding high Court bench in western Odisha completely paralysed normal life in several parts of the region today. Business establishments ,educational institutions and government offices were closed while vehicles were off the road in sambalpur, Jharauguda, Deogarhand, Sundargarh districts on the first day of the 48 hour Mahabandh.

People cutting across party lines joined the advocates to support the demand for a high court bench in Sambalpur. The MLA of Sambalpur Dr. Raseswari Panigrahi also joined the agitation in Sambalpur station to extend the support of her party for the high court bench.

The agitating advocates resorted to picketing before all important entry points of the city to stop movements of the heavy vehicles as a result hundreds of heavy vehicle were seen stranding standing on road The movement of the trains was also obstructed at all the three stations of the city forcing the railway authority to cancel and divert several trains.

Massive police forces were deployed in all places of the district to prevent any untoward situation.