Shutdown to protest fuel price hikes hits life in Orissa

June 6th, 2008 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, June 6 (IANS) The day-long shutdown called by the Left parties to protest the central government’s fuel price hikes hit normal life in Orissa Friday with transport and rail services being partially affected, an official said. The impact of the shutdown has been felt in cities where the Left parties are active, said an official of the state intelligence department.

The cities affected by the shutdown include Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Talcher, Rourkela, Jajpur, Sambalpur, Cuttack and state capital Bhubaneswar. There has been no report of any untoward incident, the official said.

Hundreds of activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) blocked roads in various cities by burning tyres.

The roads were cleared after the activists courted arrest, state Inspector General of Police (law and order) Pradeep Kapoor told IANS.

No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the state, he said.

“In Bhubaneswar, the (CPI-M) activists took out at least four processions shouting slogans against price hike. Hundreds of activists sat on a railway line,” said party state secretary Janardan Pati.

Train services were affected in some places as the protesters sat on the railway tracks and did not allow trains to ply.

The central government Wednesday announced that the prices of petrol and diesel had been raised by Rs.5 and Rs.3 a litre respectively while each cylinder of cooking gas will cost Rs.50 more.

Bus and train services were affected in the state partially Thursday due to the protest by the state’e ruling Biju Janata Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party against the hike in fuel prices. The BJP and BJD leaders demanded withdrawal of the hikes.

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