Koshal Bandh Turns Violent

Sambalpur: The 12-hour bandh called by the Koshal State Coordination Committee in the western Odisha on Friday took an ugly turn early in the morning as the supporters and opponents of the bandh clashed violently with each other.

Supporters of the bandh faced stiff opposition from the people who opposed the move. And soon after the supporters tried to detain the Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express here, they had to face the wrath of the passengers and all other bandh opponents. The passengers pushed the supporters forcibly from the railway tracks who were not allowing the train to leave the station.

The incident then went violent as the protesters too retaliated in equal measure and clashed with the passengers. Some of the aggrieved passengers also burnt the banners of the protesters put up on the tacks.

Reports said people in Bhawanipatna and Sambalpur opposed the bandh while schools, shops and business establishments remained closed in Jhasrsuguda. In Bolangir, the protesters picketed to enforce the bandh.

Notably, the Koshal State Coordination Committee comprising representatives of organisations in 10 districts has called the bandh in Western Odisha demanding separate State status for the Koshal region.


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