Bandh against residential school shame hits normal life in Kandhamal

Kandhamal: Protesting the recent incident of a minor girl delivering baby at a State-run residential school in the district, the BJP and Kandhamal Surakshta Abhiyan is observing a    in the district on Thursday, disrupting normal life.

The activists are demanding resignation of SC and ST Development Minister Ramesh Majhi and Women and Child Development minister Prafulla Samal, transfer of Kandhamal district Collector Brundha D and Kandhamal District Welfare Officer (DWO) Charulata Mallick and stringent punishment for the accused.

Due to the protest, schools and colleges, banks, shops and other business establishments remained closed. The protestors also picketed at various places. Vehicular movement at many places in the district were disrupted.

As many as 12 platoons of police forces have been deployed across the district to maintain law and order and avoid any untoward incident.

On January 12, a 14-year-old girl, student of Class VIII, delivered a baby girl in a State-run tribal residential school in Daringibadi area in Kandhamal district.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notice to the Chief Secretary over the issue and sought a report within four weeks.

Action has also been initiated against nine school staff, including the headmistress for their alleged negligence.

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