A state-wide bandh called by the Congress party has brought life to a standstill in Odisha. The shutdown was called to protest what the party is calling excessive police action against partymen by the police, during a protest outside the state assembly last week.
CNN -IBN quoting reports, said most schools and colleges are shut, while trains and other modes of public transport have also been disrupted. However the bandh has reportedly been peaceful so far.
Nearly 51 platoons of the police have been deployed in the state capital to ensure law and order.
In the protests that happened on Thursday, the police arrested nearly 34 of Congress partymen.
The Congress had called for protests demanding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's resignation over the CAG report that pointed out discrepancies in coal block allocations.
In the clashes that ensued, a lady police constable was attacked by a few of the protesters.
The woman later claimed that Odisha Congress in-charge Jagdish Tytler had incited the mob to attack her.
While Tytler and six others were immediately arrested, the Congress sought to defend him with Niranjan Patnaik saying that Tytler gave no such instructions t. "In fact, it was the Congress that defended and protected the woman, not the police," he added.
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh had some harsh words for Tytler, however, saying that the act of attacking a lady constable was condemnable and those guilty must be punished. Tytler, however, defended himself, saying he was not a part of any such conspiracy and that the police too attacked some of the Congress women partyworkers.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the incident and said Odisha was not used to such acts of violence.
First Published On : Sep 10, 2012 10:24 IST