Bhawanipatna, Sep 16
Normal life was affected in Kalahandi district today due to a bandh called by Kalahandi Bar Association and the all-party joint action committee demanding establishment of a bench of Orissa High Court here.
The supporters of the bandh resorted to picketing, road blocks and demonstrations in different parts of the district. While vehicles were off the road, banks, central and stage government offices, shops and business establishments, educational institutions and courts were closed.
Besides the district headquarter town, normal life was also hit in Kesinga, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Narla, M Rampur and Jaipatna.
The President of Kalahandi Bar Association, Daitari Pradhan said, “The bandh shows the combined strength of the people of Kalahandi. Bhawanipatna is the most suitable place to locate the Odisha High court bench considering the geographical condition of KBK region.”
The agitation would be intensified if the demand was not met, Pradhan said.
Shortly, a delegation of the district would approach both state and central governments and the Justice CR Pal commission for the establishment of the bench here, he said. (PTI)