Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Apr 16:
Normal life was thrown out of gear in Odisha’s Sambalpur city this morning due to 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by the BJP in protest against the arrest of senior BJP leader and former Sambalpur MLA Jayanarayan Mishra who was sent to judicial custody last night after the SDJM court rejected his bail petition.
Mishra was arrested by the police on the charge of wielding sword and threatening police officials during Hanuman Jayanti in the city on Tuesday.
According to reports, the Hanuman Jayanti Samanwaya Samiti, Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have supported the BJP in the 12-hour bandh of the city.
Till reports last came in, all school, colleges and other educational institutions, trading establishments, courts and government offices were remained closed during the bandh.
While vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt, the agitators staged rail roko at the Khetrajpur railway station.
“The district administration and the police had failed to manage the Hanuman Jayanti in Sambalpur city this year and forced us to create the situation and deliberately and illegally arrested Jayanarayan Mishra last night who was sent to judicial custody. Protesting the police action, we decided to observe the bandh today”, said local BJP leader Nauri Nayak to the media.
Terming the arrest of Mishra by the police, Nayak said the police had illegally arrested the BJP leader.
“The President of India has not given his assent to the prohibitory order under Section 144-A. There is every possibility that the police is most likely to arrest other leaders in other districts under the same section. When there is no constitutional provision for Section 144-A, how the police could arrest Mishra? Is the district administration above the Constitution? The ruling BJD government is frustrated as it is not pulling up with the BJP government at the Centre”, he pointed out.