Bhubaneswar:Bharat bandh called by Congress thrown Normal life out of gear in the state. The nine-hour Bharat bandh observed by the Congress today in protest against the steep hike in fuel prices by the BJP government at the Centre.
The bandh which began at 6 am will continue till 3 pm. The impact of the bandh was felt in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.
To maintain law and order situation, at least 20 platoons of police force have been deployed at various key points in the city. In addition to that, senior police officials have been deployed on duty to keep strict vigil on various sensitive places.
In Bhubaneswar, the Congress activists picketed at Master Canteen Square, Rajmahal Square, AG Square, Satsang Vihar Square, Vani Vihar Square, Acharya Vihar Square, Satya Nagar and Baramunda. Scores of passengers were seen waiting at the Baramunda Bus terminus.