Sambalpur: The 48-hour ‘Maha Bandh’ in western Odisha called by the Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) over the demand of establishing a permanent bench of the Orissa High Court in the region continued for the second consecutive day today.
Normal life has been paralysed in the part of the state since yesterday as banks, financial institutions, educational institutions, markets, shops and business establishments along with the State and Central government offices remained closed in the region due to the bandh.
This apart, the agitating lawyers have been resorting to cease-work since November 19 over the demand.
On the other hand, vehicular movement in five districts– Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Sonepur and Sundargarh– has been badly hit resulting in severe inconvenience for commuters.
Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded along national and state highways due to the bandh. However, emergency services have been excluded from the ambit of the bandh.
While lawyers’ associations of several districts including the Sambalpur District Bar Association have actively taken part in the bandh, bar associations of Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Rourkela and Bargarh have refrained from it.