Dhenkanal: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is observing a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh here protesting the murder of party activist Salman Rout.
Reports reaching here said vehicular movement has come to a standstill in the town. Supporting the bandh, while all private and government schools have remained closed, business establishments downed their shutters in the town. However, after police intervention heavy vehicles including trucks are plying on NH-55.
Sources said, as a precautionary measure police arrested BJP leaders Rudra Narayan Pani, Krushna Chandra Patra and several other party activists.
To keep any untoward incidents at bay, forces have been deployed in several parts of the town. The district administration, sensing trouble, deployed five platoons of force in Tarabha village where section 144 is prevailing as prohibitory order has been kept in force.
On Friday, Rout succumbed to bullet injuries in Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital after he was shot at during a pre-poll violence in Tarabha village. Yesterday, police arrested Byomokesh Biswal, a jawan of Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) and prime accused in the murder case.