Bhubaneswar: Normal life came to a grinding halt in at least five districts of Odisha today following a dawn to dusk shutdown call given by Maoists demanding action against Kunduli minor girl gang rape accused as well as resolution of Mahanadi water share dispute between Odisha and neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
Vehicular movement came to a complete halt following the 12-hour bandh call in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Ganjam and Boudh districts. Similarly, schools and colleges including banks and government establishments remained closed for the day.
According to reports, posters issued in the name of Bansadhara-Ghumusara-Nagabali (BGN) division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) surfaced at Muniguda block in Rayagada district this morning. The red rebels also staged road blockades at several places in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts.
Likewise, vehicular movement in Boudh district was also hampered badly due to the bandh despite heavy security arrangements taken up by the district administration.