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Bandh paralyses life in Mayurbhanj district

Baripada: Normal life was thrown out of gear in Mayurbhanj district on Monday as members of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), BJP, Bhanja Sena, District Bar Association and some other local organisations observed a bandh demanding a centrally-sponsored medical college in the district.

Government offices, shops and other business establishments were closed in Baripada while vehicular traffic came to a standstill on the National Highway no. 6 and 18 which pass through the district. Roads wore a deserted look in the district due to the bandh.

The movement of train was also affected as the agitators staged picketing on railway tracks. Till the filing of this report, Baripada-Bangiriposhi DMU train was delayed due to the protest.

The agitators also sealed the district collector’s office due to which no official work could be carried out. Similarly, the judges of district court had to return home as the protestors burnt tyres, blocked roads and picketed at various places.

The bandh, which is also supported by AAP, CPI, Bajrang Sena, has affected life in Rairangpur, Kaptipada and Karanjia sub-divisions.

Last week, the Centre announced setting up of three 100 MBBS-seated medical college and hospitals in Balasore, Koraput and Bolangir districts of the state.

Local leaders allege that it is unfair on the part of the government to ignore Mayurbhanj district’s demand to set up a centrally-sponsored medical college. Some even argued that while finalising the venues for the three medical colleges, the district’s long standing demand for the same should have been considered.

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