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Picture of the day: Elderly tourist prays Bharat Bandh protestors in Odisha capital


Bhubaneswar: As the 48-hour nation-wide shut down by the trade union continued to paralyse normal life across the country, an appealing scene in the heart of the State capital caught the attention of lensmen today.

Amidst the protest against anti-people and anti-policies of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at Centre, an elderly woman tourist was seen praying the protestors to leave a vehicle at Acharya Vihar.

According to reports, some tourists traveling in a bus had face-off with the protestors after the vehicle was halted at Acharya Vihar on the second day of Bharat Bandh. While others were indulged in an argument with the protestors, the woman tourist appealed to them with folded hands to allow their bus towards the destination.

However, no humanity was shown towards the woman tourist and she had to wait for hours along with fellow passengers inside the bus.

Meanwhile, the situation worsened on the second day of the 48-hour Bharat Bandh as the protestors were found halting the commuters on the roads. Although the vehicular movement was normal in the morning in Bhubaneswar, it was hit afterward on major routes in the city.

The same was found in other urban areas of the State. Hundreds of passengers suffered as both the government and private buses were off the roads.

The railway services were affected in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack and Berhampur railway stations due to the bandh on the second day. Holding banners, the union leaders of various organisations stopped the trains at Bhubaneswar Railway Station. The passengers were found waiting for the trains on the platforms.

The shops and commercial establishments remained closed due to the bandh. In view of the nation-wide shutdown, the collectors announced holiday for the schools and colleges on the second day.