12-hr bandh cripples normal life in Konark

Konark: Vehicular traffic was affected and markets wore deserted look in Konark today as activists of BJP observed a 12-hour bandh protesting rape of a West Bengal woman.

Tourists and commuters visiting Konark Sun Temple had a harrowing time due to the dawn-to-dusk shutdown. Activists of the saffron party blocked Konark-Puri, Konark-Bhubaneswar and Konark-Kakatpur roads affecting the vehicular movement.

Members of the BJP Mahila Morcha led by its State president Prabhati Parida staged pickets at different places in the tourist town.

As per reports, a woman hailing from West Bengal was allegedly gang raped for 10 days after being held captive by a youth inside a house in Konark. The survivor was rescued by the Fire Services personnel on October 17 in a critical condition and rushed to hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, cracking a whip on alleged flesh trade in the ancient town, police raided several lodges and arrested as many as six persons in this connection.