Bandh disrupts normal life in Rourkela

Rourkela: Normal life was disrupted in the city due to a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by Mula Adivasi Milita Manch of Sundergarh district opposing the government assigning corporation status to the Steel City.

Shops and business establishments remained closed during the period and vehicular movement was also affected as workers of the Manch staged demonstrations at different places of the district.

However, educational institutions and emergency services remained operational as the organization has spared them from the 12-hour shutdown.

Meanwhile, adequate police force has been deployed at different sensitive areas of the district to avoid any untoward incident.

“The Manch has been protesting in front of municipal corporation office since last 12 days. Despite our protest, the government is not considering our demands, due to which we have called for a bandh today,” said Manch leader and MLA Jurge Tirki.

Prior to this, the tribal outfit had called for an economic blockade on January 20 in the district protesting corporation tag to the city.

The Sundergarh district administration had imposed prohibitory order under Section 144 of IPC at all sensitive places across the district including the city to avoid possible untoward incident.