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Job stir, anti-liquor protest hit city traffic

BHUBANESWAR: Members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), formative years wing of the BJP, and anti-liquor activists clashed with police at different places within the city all through their protests on Thursday.

BJP formative years wing took out in a procession to gherao meeting, protesting unemployment within the state, whilst anti-liquor activists blocked NH-16 right here demanding prohibition within the state.

BJYM workers attempted to go into the meeting from three aspects — Lower PMG, the street in front RBI workplace and from 120 Infantry Battalion — and fought a pitched combat with the security group of workers. More than 500 BJYM activists had been detained by police.

BJYM state president Tankadhar Tripathy mentioned, “The state government has supplied employment to only 26,000 youths within the last 10 years out of 22 lakh youths, who registered themselves with the employment exchanges for jobs, since 2009. It even did not behavior a single activity fair.”

Prohibitionists led by Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhiyan (MONNA) blocked NH-16 at Satsang Vihar, protesting against sale and production of liquor within the state. Police attempted to pull them out of the NH to transparent the visitors. Around 300 other people had been detained by the police.

“Police pulled us out of the street forcefully. They behaved with us rudely as though we are criminals. Is it Naveen governments Maa ku samman (appreciate to moms)? We will give befitting reply to Naveen,” mentioned Draupadi Rout from Kendrapada.

Malay Tripathy, an activist of MONNA, mentioned the police attacked their ladies activists at Satsang Vihar. “We are demanding overall prohibition as a result of liquor has destroyed peace in families. It has develop into a significant issue within the state,” he added.

Due to the protests, major roads like Rasulgarh-Vani Vihar, Vani Vihar-Raj Mahal square, Acharya Vihar-AG square and Power House square-Jaydev Vihar witnessed heavy visitors snarls. The road in front of Utkal Mandap and close to 120 Infantry Battalion had been closed by the police to control the BJP formative years wing protesters.

DCP Anup Kumar Sahoo mentioned 50 platoons of police force had been deployed within the city to control the anti-liquor activists and BJP formative years wing members.

“We have arrested 17 anti-liquor activists for manhandling police and disrupting visitors by blocking off NH-16 at Satsang Vihar. We may also arrest BJP formative years workers for attacking an agitating gram rakhi at Lower PMG,” he added.

BJP MLA Rabi Naik staged protest throughout the meeting, opposing police action on agitating BJYM workers all through the protest rally. Later BJP MLAs staged a walkout when finance minister began presenting the meantime funds within the House.

BJD MLA Puspendra Singhdeo mentioned, “The BJP should ask the Centre why it did not create jobs for teenagers of the country. The Central government had promised to provide two crore employments once a year. What came about to the jobs? Modi government has cheated the youths of the country.”

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