Angul bandh completly successful

Angul: Normal life was completely paralysed in the industrial town today due to the dawn to dusk bandh call given by the association of Jindal displaced families in protest against the arrests of agitationists demanding better rehabilitation packages and employment in the Jindal plant.

The demonstrators blocked important entry points to the industrial town bringing communication to a grinding halt. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either sides of National Highway 55. The demonstrators supported by the local bar association gathered in huge numbers from Banharpal Square to Hulurusingha Square and raised slogans against the Jindal authorities and staged demonstration in front of the office of the Angul district collector. Said Manas Pal, SUCI leader,"The bandh call has been given to protest the arrests of innocent persons and complete indifference of the Jindal administration and the district administration."   

Normal life too came to a grinding halt in the town as business establishments and shops remained closed for the day. Thin attendance was registered in the government offices. The school and colleges students faced problem in attending classes. The police said that 15 detainees have been released. Three other persons were still in police custody as they denied to go on PR bonds. Four platoons of police forces were pressed into service to maintain law and order.