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Odishatv Bureau

Angul: Normal life has been paralysed following a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh being observed
by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Khamar in the district over several demands on Saturday.

The BJP protestors staged a road blockade agitation on Talcher-Pallahara road pressing
a seven-charter of demands, including declaration of Khamar region as drought-hit, construction
of a post-mortem centre and setting up of a fire station in the area.

The road blockade crippled the vehicular traffic on NH 149. Besides, all the markets and other business houses in the area remained closed.

"Neither the government nor the district administration is listening to the plight of the people. Khamar people are suffering due to drought in the region but the administration is blind to the issue," said BJP State Executive member Ashok Kumar Mohanty.

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The district was earlier approached with the demands and asked to take necessary steps within 10 days but all in vain, said Mohanty, adding that BJP would continue their agitation till the government fulfill all the demands.

In 9 to 10 panchayats of Khamar, farmers have suffered crop loss and nil paddy production. So, we demand the region to be declared as drought-hit," said Zill Parisad member Saroj Sahu.

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