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Odisha Bandh: Several Agitating Farmers Taken Into Preventive Custody In Bhubaneswar

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21 February 2019

Debasish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: The atmosphere remained heated early today morning in foggy capital city Bhubaneswar as farmers reached the busiest Master Canteen square packed in several buses to begin the statewide shutdown over their demands of ‘Price, Prestige and Pension’.

While many tyres were burnt near Jharapada square, farmers shouted slogans and blocked the Master Canteen road. Over 70 agitating farmers from Kalpana, Master Canteen and Sikharchandi were also taken into preventive custody here in Bhubaneswar as they blocked main roads and created ruckus affecting vehicular movement. Private vehicles and cabs also stayed off roads and movement was especially hit near Patia-Nandankanan road.

Exams in Utkal University also stood cancelled in view of the bandh. and On the other hand, commuters faced problems reaching their offices in time. Meanwhile, Commissionerate Police maintained tight security arrangements of 30 platoons of police force across the city to avoid any untoward incident. They paid special attention to make sure that children reached their schools on time to appear for their final exams. BJP and Congress workers have also lend their support to NKS that has intensified the bandh and further affected normal life.

"Any one can call on 'Dial 100' if they require help. We are taking strict measures if farmers are blocking roads or affecting train movement. That is our main focus," said Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty.

The Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) went ahead with the bandh call despite the Government’s appeal in view of matric exams. NKS convener Akshay Kumar had assured that movement of the Matric examinees and their guardians will not be disturbed. It also assured that the movement of question carrying vehicles will be spared.

“KALIA and PM-KISAN are relief-oriented yojanas (schemes). But our demand for Price, Prestige and Pension is so revolutionary that it would make the farmers of Odisha self-reliant so that our farmers would no more depend on other States for at least potato, fish, onion and egg,” the NKS Convenor Akshay Kumar commented.

Also Read: Odisha Bandh Over ‘Price, Prestige, Pension’ Affects Day-To-Day Life Across State

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Satyajit Mohanty, Twin City Commissioner Of Police