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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A 12-hour Bangomunda bandh is being observed by the locals in Bolangir district on Thursday as the miscreants, who had killed the wife of a businessman during a robbery bid, is yet to be arrested even five days after the incident.

Earlier last week, armed miscreants had hacked the woman identified as Manju Devi, wife of Binod Jain, to death while critically injuring Jain’s sister Kan Kumari Jain during a daring daylight house break-in at Zamidarpada village under Bangomunda police limits.

Locals have called the bandh from 6 am to 6 pm demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants and stringent action against them.

Various organisations and associations of the area like the Business Association, Advocates’ Association, Drivers’ Association, Marwadi Youth Association, Agrawal Forum and Citizen Forum have supported the 12-hours bandh in the area.

All the business establishments have been closed during the bandh. Road communication in the area has also been halted completely. 

“A procession will start from Golei Chhak and the agitators will gheroa Bangomunda police station in protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in the area,” said a local resident.

The protestors will also present a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the OIC of the police station.

“The members of as many as five organisations will join the procession and present a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the OIC stating the poor law and order situation in the area,” said Kantabanjhi MLA Santosh Singh Saluja.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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