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Strike Scripts Success


The two-days long Bharat Bandh organized by Central Trade Unions to protest the Union Government's alleged anti-worker policies was peaceful, however it disrupted rail and road traffic across the State.

Various political parties including the Governing BJD and its trade union front Biju Sramika Samukhya (BSS) have extended support to the strike called by 10 Central Trade Union Organizations.
With BJD Labour Wing supported the Shut Down, it has impacted across the State, said CPI Leader Ali Kishore Patnaik.
Train services were hit as activists staged rail roko on the first day of the 48-hour strike at many places including Rourkela, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Balasore, Jaleswar, Bhadrak, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Talcher, Titilagarh, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Chhatrapur, State Police said.
 About 20 trains were delayed due to blockade of railway tracks by strike supporters, leaving a large number of passengers stranded at many places, Top Cops admit.
 Shops, markets, business establishments, educational institutions and offices remained closed, while vehicular movement virtually came to a grinding halt across the state during the strike.
Roads wore a deserted look with vehicles, including OSRTC  and private buses refraining from playing, while a large number of passengers were seen stranded in bus stands in many places.
In the State Capital the Trade Union activists staged picketing and road blockade by burning tyres at several places and busy thoroughfares. They held a sit-in at Master Canteen Square, Raj Bhawan, Jayadev Vihar and other places.
In Cuttack, the agitators picketed and blocked roads at various places, besides staging a rail roko at the Railway Station.
Twin City Police Commissioner, Satyajit Mohanty said adequate police personnel have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident during the strike and the strike was peaceful so far, he said.
In Port Town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, agitators  staged a demonstration near five gates of Paradip Port and blocked the road leading to the IOCL refinery at Rangiagarh, District Police said.
Educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities remained shut in view of the strike. A notification in this regard was issued by the State Government on Monday, an official of Department of Higher Education said.
State Government has also asked the District Magistrates to take a decision in the respective districts to shut the educational institutions keeping a view on Bharat Bandh on 9 January also.
The impact of the Shut Down was quite visible in many places including Balasore, Jaleswar, Rayagada, Sundargarh, Rourkela, Berhampur, Puri, Bhadrak, Baripada, Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Dhenkanal, Angul and Boudh.


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