.........BARIPADA: The dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in the district headquarters town of Baripada on Wednesday evoked spontaneous response with business establishments, educational institutions, government offices, courts and banks remaining closed.
The bandh was called in protest against supply of drugs in Baripada.
Passengers had a tough time as bus services to and from the tribal town were stopped by the JMM workers. Five JMM activists were arrested for indulging in violence during the bandh. Heavy security arrangement was made in wake of the bandh call and police were also deployed on NH-18 to prevent any untoward situation.
JMM State leader, Kalinga Keshari Jena and district leader, Pintu Maitee said they had apprised the local police, Excise Department and ADM about the rampant sale of brown sugar and other drugs in the town. But, no action has yet been taken to either nab the drug peddlers or stop the illegal trade in the town.The JMM activists also took out a motorcycle rally and detained Bangiriposi-Bhubaneswar Superfast Express at Baripada station.
A number of vehicles were stopped at Palaboni Golei, Kuchai, Murgabadi Golei, Manchabondha and Betnoti areas. They also damaged a wedding car that was carrying a groom and attacked driver of a tractor, which was engaged by the municipality to life garbage in the town.