12-hour bandh in Keonjhar district

Keonjhar: Normal life was today affected due to a 12-hour bandh in Keonjhar district called by truckers in protest against minerals being transported by train instead of trucks, police said. Though no untoward incident was reported from any place, schools, colleges, banks, insurance companies, courts and business establishments remained closed in support of the dawn-to-dusk bandh, Pradip Kumar Barik, General Secretary of the district truck owners` association claimed.

The truck operators also staged picketing before the district collector`s office, national highway and state highways passing through the town. The association has been protesting undeclared ban by the state government on mineral transportation by trucks affecting about three lakh workers engaged in the business.

As talks with government on Friday failed to resolve the issue, Barik said from May two, the truckers would oppose movement of minerals from the mineral rich district by trains and undertake an economic blockade. The association had earlier also observed Keonjhar bandh protesting the movement of minerals from the district by trains.