A 12-hour bandh is being observed in districts of Western Odisha over demand of permanent High Court bench in the region on Wednesday.
The lawyers of the bar association in Sambalpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Sonepur, Deogarh, Boudh, Nuapada and Sundargarh districts have called for the dawn to dusk bandh.
Meanwhile, normal life has taken a hit in Sambalpur. Educational institutions, markets and shops have been closed in the region.
The Sambalpur-Puri Intercity express was halted.