Tuesday, August 30, 2016
KOSAL BANDH: SUPPORTERS, OPPONENTS CLASH IN S'PUR Saturday, 27 August 2016 | PNS | SAMBALPUR/BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
KOSAL BANDH: SUPPORTERS, OPPONENTS CLASH IN S'PUR
Saturday, 27 August 2016 | PNS | SAMBALPUR/BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Opponents and supporters of a separate Koshal State clashed violently at Sambalpur during a 12-hour Kosal Mahabandh observed by the Kosal State Coordination Committee on Friday.
The clash erupted when protestors detained the Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express in the morning. Passengers and opponents of the bandh pushed the protestors out of the train tracks as they didn't listen to passengers' repeated request not to create inconvenience and let the train move. The protestors too retaliated in equal measure.
The incident took a violent turn when some aggrieved passengers burnt the banners of the protesters put up on the tacks.
Reports said while people in Kalahandi and Sambalpur opposed the bandh, schools, shops and business establishments remained closed in Jhasrsuguda. Both private and Government buses were off the road in Balangir. Committee activists picketed at different offices from the morning.
In Kantabanji, supporters too detained Rapiur-Kantabanji Passenger train for a few minutes.
Later a meeting was held before the Collectorate where speakers criticised the continuous neglect of this region by rulers of Odisha and opined that formation of a smaller State would ensure better growth and development of this area.
"We demand formation of a separate Kosal State underArticle 2and 3 of the Constitution. The only solution to the problems like regional imbalance, discrimination in education, employment, industrialisation and development is formation of a separate State. We will intensify the agitation if our demands are not fulfilled," committee Koshabadi leader Promod Mishra.
Meanwhile, Balangir SP Ashis Singh said there was no report of any untoward incidents from any part of the district.