Normal life hit as Congress begins 12-hr Sundergarh bandh

Rourkela: Shops, business establishments, educational institutions remained closed and vehicular communication came to a grinding halt as the Sundergarh district Congress and Rourkela organisational district of the party began a dawn to dusk bandh in the district protesting against the police forcing women to remove black stole at Chief minister’s rally recently.

The Congress leader blocked the NH near Panposh square in Rourkela following which hundreds of vehicles remained stationary on both side of the road. Similarly, the activists of the party picketed at various places and forced the shops, other establishments, private offices and school and colleges to shut.

bandh The party alleged that investigation into the incident has not yet started even as the CM has already ordered for the same. Moreover, party leaders also questioned the transparency of the probe as the police, who is responsible for the incident, have been asked for inquiry. An impartial committee should be formed to investigate the matter, Rourkela Congress president demanded.

Condemning the incident which had taken place at Mangaspur in Tangarpalli block where the chief minister had gone to attend Vikash Samavesh, Sundargarh DCC president Dushmant Nayak said the chief minister should tender unconditional apology to the women whose modesty was outraged in public by policemen who had forcibly took out stoles from their body.