The district unit of Congress on Friday observed bandh in Binika Town of Sonepur district protesting the alleged mismanagement in procurement of paddy at various mandis of the region.
The 11-hour bandh is being observed from 7 am to 6 pm in the town. However, emergency services have been exempted from the bandh.
As part of the bandh, government and non-government institutions, shops, markets and other business establishments remained closed.
Dozens of members of Binika block Congress and District Congress Krushak Committee were seen picketing at College Square and stopping vehicles, disrupting vehicular movement in the town.
The Congress activists alleged that the tokens of many farmers in Binika have expired for which they are unable to sell their paddy in the mandis.
The Congress activists further alleged that though a written complaint in this regard has been submitted with the district Collector, Civil Supplies Officer and Tehsildar, their request fell on deaf ears.
It may be noted that the members of Binika block Congress and District Congress Krushak Committee have been on dharna placing a paddy-laden tractor in front of the Tehsil office since the last two day over the issue.
"The farmers have been sitting in front of the Tehsil office since the last two days but the concerned administration is yet to respond to our issues. Without any alternative, we have called for the bandh in Binika today. If our paddy crops are not procured within 24 hours, we will observe bandh in the town for indefinite period. We also want the renewal of the tokens of the farmers," demanded District Youth Congress Committee President, Priyabrata Sahu.
(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)