Kandhamal: Protesting the recent rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Kandhamal, BJP Mahila Morcha observed a 12-hour bandh in the district today disrupting normal life.
The party activists demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident, disclosure of its report within a month and stringent punishment for the accused.
Due to the protest, schools and colleges, banks, shops and other business establishments have remained closed. Holding placards and party flags, the women activists took out a mass rally in the town and staged picketing at various places. Besides, vehicular movements at many places in the district have been disrupted as the activists staged a road blockade on national highway-53 near Gopalpur. Several vehicles have been stranded on both sides of the road.
Meanwhile, police personnel have been deployed at various places to maintain law and order situation and avoid any untoward incident.
It may be mentioned here that the minor girl was allegedly raped and strangulated to death at Hatapada Sahi under Kotagarh block in the district on September 22. The body of the minor girl was later found in a farmland.
Acting on a complaint lodged by the family members, police have detained a youth of the locality and investigating the incident.