Bhubaneswar, Aug 17: Normal life in Titilagarh town of Odisha’s Balangir district was thrown out of gear as Zilla Kriyanusthan Committee called for a 12-hour bandh demanding separate district status for the town on Thursday.
Major political parties, trade unions, and social organizations have also extended their support to the bandh being observed from 6 am to 6 pm. Owing to the dawn-to-dusk bandh, all government and private offices, educational institutions, banks and financial institutions, shops, and markets remained closed in Titilagarh town.
However, emergency services have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.
The commuters faced a lot of difficulties and the roads also wore a deserted look as the vehicles remained off-road. A large number of vehicles were seen stranded on both sides of the state highway passing through the town creating a lot of problems for commuters.
The agitators were seen picketing on the main roads and important traffic crossings with posters, banners, and placards.
Titilagarh town meets all criteria needed to get a district status and we have been demanding the same for the past several years. But our demands are being ignored. We will continue our protest till our demand is fulfilled, stated Zilla Kriyanusthan Committee president Krushna Chandra Sahu.