Normalcy restored: Lawyers’ Mahabandh ends in western Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The shutdown in western Odisha has been called off on Saturday morning.

The 48-hour complete shutdown or mahabandh was called by the Central Action Committee of Bar Associations of western Odisha to put pressure on the Government for the establishment of a High Court bench in the region from Thursday morning.

The strike had affected Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Deogarh and parts of Bargarh and Subarnapur.

Normal life was paralysed in western Odisha districts on Thursday and Friday due to the bandh. Train services were severely affected while vehicular movement virtually came to a grinding halt in the region during the “Mahabandh”.

Shops, business outfits, educational institutions and Government offices remained closed due to the bandh. Some examinations scheduled to be held on Thursday were postponed also.

However, emergency services like health care, ambulance, water supply, medicine outlets had been kept out of the purview of the mahabandh.

Trade unions, farmers’ outfits, civil societies and several social and cultural organisations and people from different walks of life had also extended their solidarity with the lawyers to make the mahabandh a grad success.

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