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Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan observing a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:21/2/19: The Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) is observing a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Odisha today demanding price, prestige and pension for the farmers of the state though the effect of the shutdown call was partial.

Members of the outfit blocked the Patia-Nandankanan road here this morning by burning tyres. Police later reached the spot and took them into preventive custody.

Similar scenes were witnessed at the Master Canteen Square here as police detained several NNKS members who were resorting to road blockade.

Youth activists of the NNKS, who tried to gherao the State Secretariat, were picked up by police.

Effect of the bandh was also felt in Bhadrak as NNKS activists staged road blockade on NH-16, thereby affecting vehicular movement. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the road. Normalcy returned after they were taken into preventive custody by police.

However, there were no reports of closure of shops, business establishments and educational institutions in any part of the state. Movement of trains was also normal as there were no rail roko staged by the agitators.

“We are demanding price, pension and prestige for the farmers. We are demanding a hike in minimum support price and social security. But the state government is not taking any steps for the farmers,” said an agitating farme

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