Sharmili Mallick

The BJP’s Sambalpur unit will observe a 12-hour bandh in the district on October 26 demanding the removal of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged close proximity with Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher murder case. The BJP also sought a CBI probe into the matter.

The Sambalpur BJP district president, Girish Patel in a presser on Sunday said the bandh will begin at 6 am and party will not allow vehicles to ply on roads. However, emergency services like ambulance, milk, water, medicines and fire brigade have been exempted from the bandh purview.

Students visiting colleges and other educational institutions for admission or appearing examinations will also not be stopped during the bandh, said Patel.

“BJP protests the rape and brutal murder of Mamita Meher and therefore we have called bandh in Sambalpur on October 26. This is not the first incident that a BJD minister is involved in committing criminal activities. We want the support of the people of Sambalpur to have a successful bandh,” appealed Patel.

The party workers will ensure all the markets, shops, business establishments, government and non-government organisations remain shut during the dawn-to-dusk bandh on Tuesday, added Patel.

On Saturday, The women wing of State BJP scuffled with the Police during their hearse parade to Naveen Niwas from Ram Mandir square demanding ouster of MoS (Home), Dibya Shankar Mishra.