Protests demanding district status for Kantabanji intensify

Bolangir: Protests demanding district status for Kantabanji intensified after the Zilla Sangharsh Samiti staged an economic blockade today. According to sources, following the call for an economic blockade, government offices, banks and courts remained closed in the area today.

Earlier, more than 100 members of the Zilla Sangharsh Samiti submitted a memorandum to the district Collector.

Zilla Sangharsh Samiti secretary, Dukhishyam Guru said “All government offices, courts and banks were closed as a part of the economic blockade. If the government doesn’t pay attention to our demand, we will intensify our protest further by closing down central government services like railways among others.”

On December 26 normal life had come to a grinding halt after the Samiti observed a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Tureikela pressing for their demand.