Demand for HC bench: Economic blockade enters second day

Sambalpur: The economic blockade called by the lawyers pressing for the establishment of permanent bench of High Court in western Odisha entered the second day today.

The three-day economic blockade in four western districts of the State has been called by the Western Odisha Central Action Committee (CAC) from yesterday in a bid to exert pressure on the government for a HC bench.

According to sources, vehicles carrying raw materials to various industries in the four districts – Sundergarh, Sambalpur Jharsuguda and Deogarh -have been stopped by the protestors.

Spokesperson of Western Odisha Central Action Committee (CAC), Sureswar Mishra said “The permanent HC bench is the demand of the people and they are tired of the delay. This is why people in large numbers are supporting the economic blockade.”

Lawyers in the western parts of the State have been agitating for the past four months demanding a High Court bench in the region. Keeping in view the problems faced by the people and disruption in judicial services, the Home department had earlier appealed the agitating lawyers and other members to withdraw their protest.