Wednesday, August 26, 2015
KOSAL BANDH HITS LIFE IN 10 WESTERN DISTRICTS Thursday, 27 August 2015 | pns | BHUBANESWAR/ BALANGIR/ JHARSUGUDA | in Bhubaneswar 1
KOSAL BANDH HITS LIFE IN 10 WESTERN DISTRICTS
Thursday, 27 August 2015 | pns | BHUBANESWAR/ BALANGIR/ JHARSUGUDA | in Bhubaneswar
Ten Western Odisha districts observed a 12-hour bandh on Wednesday demanding separate Statehood for the Kosal region under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution of India.
Normal life was disrupted in the morning at several places in these districts in response to the bandh call given by the Kosal State Coordination Committee (KSCC).
While shops, Government and private establishments and schools and colleges remained closed, agitators stopped movement of trains at some stations. The bandh was effective in the districts of Balangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh (including Rourkela), Bargarh, Deogarh, Subarnapur, Nuapada and Kalahandi.
In Balangir, a meeting was held before the district Collectorate in which several organisations participated,
In Sundargarh district, movement of traffic was disrupted with dumpers and trucks remaining off the roads and transportation of minerals coming to a standstill. Agitators owing allegiance to Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) force-closed some Government offices, which were open, by picketing in front of them.
In Jharsuguda district, public transport was disrupted and the streets almost wore a deserted look. The MCL area offices, Government offices, business establishments, including banks, and educational institutions remained closed at most places in Belpahar, Brajrajnagar and Jharsuguda.
Kosal movement leader Pramod Kumar Mishra said, “In 1936 and 1948, the political leaders of Odisha got our land merged with the State (Odisha) through a conspiracy. We are demanding a separate State as per the provisions of Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution.” Formation of a separate state is the only solution to the problems like regional imbalance, discrimination in education, employment, industrialisation and development, he added.