Bandh affects normal life in Orissa
Bhubaneswar, July 5 (PTI) Bandh supporters picketed various Central government and PSU offices in Orissa to prevent employees from reporting for duty and road and rail traffic disrupted in the state today due to the bandh called by non-Congress political parties to protest fuel price hike.
Vehicular movement on roads was virtually paralysed throughout the state as buses, trucks and other vehicles stopped plying, leaving a large number of passengers stranded, police sources said.
Rail services were also affected as bandh organisers stopped trains for a brief period at several places.
Shops, business establishments and trading outfits downed their shutters across the state though some chemist shops remained open for sometime at a few places, sources said.
In the state capital Bhubaneswar and commercial nerve-centre Cuttack, roads wore a deserted look with buses and auto-rickshaws keeping off the roads while police made elaborate arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents during the hartal.