Bandh over separate Odisha, HC bench call hits life in Sambalpur | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

SAMBALPUR: A dawn to dusk bandh called over the demand for separate state of ‘western Odisha‘ and establishment of a high court bench, among others, paralysed life in Sambalpur.
Government and private offices, banks and financial institutions, shops and markets, courts remained closed due to the bandh called by Sambalpur Nagarik Kriyanusthan Committee. Bandh supporters were also seen picketing at several places in the city. Vehicular movement, however, was not affected. Educational institutions were exempted from the bandh.
Co-convener of the committee, Saroj Dash, said the bandh evoked spontaneous response. “We had made extensive announcement about the bandh. More than 50 social organisations of Sambalpur, including the Sambalpur District Bar Association, Koshal Byabsayi Sangha, Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti extended support to the bandh,” he said.
A committee member Deepak Panda said people have been demanding establishment of a HC bench in Sambalpur for more than 50 years. However, the demand of has not been fulfilled. The government has been dilly-dallying in submitting a comprehensive proposal regarding the establishment of a HC bench in Sambalpur, he said.