Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Talcher, May 20:
A 12-hour bandh called by Talcher Suraksha Manch over a four-point charter of demands today paralysed life in Odisha’s Talcher.
“This town used to be an industrial town that generated employment for thousands and gave a boost to the state economy. Gross apathy of the government is killing the industrial base. Lack of communication services to key places doesn’t help either. We demand the FCI fertiliser factory to be revived and rail connectivity extended to Kanhia,” said an agitator.
Supporters of Talcher Suraksha Manch were seen picketing across various places of the town to make the bandh successful.
Dozens of agitators were seen demonstrating in key junctions of the town with placards in hand. Tyres were set alight blocking some of the roads.
While vehicular traffic came to a standstill because of the bandh, most shops and government offices remained closed. Passengers were seen stranded in bus stops.
Emergency services, however, have been spared.
Even though there have been no reports of violence so far, security measures have been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident.