Bhadrak, Dec 10: Life came to a standstill in Bhadrak following a 12-hour bandh observed by Congress party demanding the setting up of a medical college in the district.
While traffic flow in the Bhadrak town came to a grinding halt due to the bandh observation which started from 6 am and will continue till 6 pm, commuters had a harrowing time since the morning.
Plying of buses and even private vehicles remained off road during the bandh observation and streets wore a deserted look.
While shops remained closed as Congress activists resorted to picketing and sloganeering, other business establishments also downed their shutters to avoid any kind of untoward incident.
The party has heavily criticized the district administration’s failure to activate the defunct ventilators at the District Headquarters Hospital even in the Covid-19 situation. It has claimed that in past few years the healthcare system in the district has suffered a serious setback.
“The State Government is showing step-motherly attitude towards Bhadrak in setting up a medical college for which the Congress Party is demanding since long. We are observing a 12-hour bandh in demand for the medical college today and the public support to it is spontaneous. If government fails to fulfill our demand then the stir will be intensified in the coming days,” said Bhadrak Congress leader Subrat Das.