20 Platoon Policemen To Be Deployed In Bhubaneswar For Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Around 20 platoons of policemen will be deployed in the city tomorrow to maintain law and order in view of tomorrow’s 12-hour Bharat Bandh or countrywide strike call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers’ unions.

“To ensure that people are not inconvenienced, essential services like ambulance, etc are not affected and no untoward incident occurs, around 20 platoons of police force will be deployed in the city,” informed Bhubaneswar DCP Uma Shankar Dash today.

Briefing reporters, Dash said that PCR vans, police station vehicles, patrolling vans will patrol the streets.

Police force will be deployed at different junctions, important establishments in the city, he added.

The DCP informed that adequate arrangements have been made to tackle the situation.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha has appealed to people to make it a success. The strike, in protest against the three contentious farm laws enacted recently, will be observed the entire day tomorrow, from 6 am till 6 pm.

In a meeting held earlier this month to outline their protest plans, the unions also said the rallies and protests against the corporates will intensify.

During the strike, from 6 am to 6 pm, all business establishments will be closed and no road and rail traffic will be allowed to ply, the farmers’ unions announced.

On March 28, during ‘Holika Dahan’, copies of the farm laws will be burnt by the farmers, the union leaders said.

This is the second nation-wide strike announced by the farmers. The first ‘bandh’ took place on December 8 which was witnessed in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Assam.

It received support from several trade unions, various other organizations as well as 24 opposition parties, including the Congress and the NCP.

The Congress in Odisha has extended its full support to the bandh call of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.

“Congress is extending full support to tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh call given by the farmers’ unions. District presidents have been requested to extend full cooperation to the farmers’ unions and make the bandh a success,” stated Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik.

Patnaik said that they have appealed to each and every Congressman to extend support to the bandh and make it a success.

In a meeting held earlier this month to outline their protest plans, the unions also said the rallies and protests against the corporates will intensify.

During the strike, from 6 am to 6 pm, all business establishments will be closed and no road and rail traffic will be allowed to ply, the farmers’ unions announced.

On March 28, during ‘Holika Dahan’, copies of the farm laws will be burnt by the farmers, the union leaders said.

 

Uma Shankar Dash, DCP, Bhubaneswar

Niranjan Patnaik, President, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee