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12-Hour Bandh in Sambalpur against Arrest of BJP Leader

Sambalpur, April 16: A 12-hour bandh has been observed protesting an arrest of BJP leader and former MLA Jayanarayan Mishra, who was sent to jail for violating section 144 during Hanuman Jayanti celebration in Sambalpur.

The banch hit the normal life in the city as the trains were stopped and the vehicles were off the road. The roads were blocked, the schools, colleges, government offices, banks were closed during the bandh.

The bandh call was given by the BJP in protest against the arrest of Jayanarayan Mishra after the SDJM court rejected his bail petition and he was sent to jail yesterday.

The former legislator was arrested by the police yesterday for violating the prohibitory order that was imposed by the district administration banning the display of sword during procession of Hanuman Jayanti, which was observed on April 14.

Mishra had dared to display a sharp sword during the procession as part of the celebration for which he had to face arrest yesterday.

Following the arrest, his supporters protested and clashed with the police. One of his supporters termed his arrest as illegal. He questioned the police action as the President has not given his assent to the prohibitory order under Section 144.

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