Normal life was disrupted across Kalahandi district on Wednesday as the Congress observed a 12-hour bandh in protest against the shifting of the proposed wagon repair factory from Narla in Kalahandi to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Party activists blocked roads across the district and staged ‘Rail Roko’ at different places like Bhawanipatna and Narla. Hundreds of workers, including AICC secretary Bhakta Das, were arrested while marching towards the district Collector’s office.
While vehicular movement came to a standstill, shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and other Government offices remained closed. Passengers were stranded at bus stops.
Security measures were tightened on behalf of the district administration to avoid any untoward incident.
Party district vice-president Pasant Nayak said the Central Government has shifted the proposed project in a conspiracy. “The project was sanctioned for Narla when Bhakta Das was the Railway Minister. It was supposed to create jobs here and boost the local economy. The Modi Government has shifted the project in a conspiracy. The State Government is equally responsible. We want the project brought back to Narla.”