Tribal outfit observes 12-hr Baripada bandh

Mayurbhanj: Normal life was thrown out of gear at various places in Mayurbhanj district today as members of the district Adivasi Revolutionary Youth and Student Association observed a  12-hour bandh pressing for four-point charter of demands including effective implementation of Adivasi reservation system.

According to sources, the protestors demanded amendment of reservation system, filling vacancies in the reserved category, announcement of the Odisha Reservation Vacancies registrar for recruitment notification in government sector in the district. Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt in the district while shops remained closed due to bandh.

Meanwhile, police arrested some of the activist of the association in connection with the bandh.

“Yesterday a meeting was held with the association members in presence of the Sub-Collector. They were assured that their demands will be considered by the government by December 28 and all possible help will be provided,” said Ashok Kumar Nayak, an official of the Baripada police station.

“Despite the efforts to avoid law and order situation, some of the members created nuisance that affected normal life in the district. Therefore, we have taken some of them into preventive custody,” Nayak added.