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Bhubaneswar: The Bharat Bandh call by Congress on demonetisation and its subsequent financial meltdown issue had a mixed impact on Monday with businesses shuttered but public life remained aloof from being hit.

As many as 200 activists has been detained during protests in Cuttack while top congress leaders including state party chief Prasad Harichandan, senior leader Sura Routray, Spokesperson Sulochana Das, Srikant Jena staged a rally from Congress Bhavan to PMG sand then held demonstration in front of RBI office. OPCC Chief Prasad Harichandan said the move by the Centre has hit the poor the most especially the daily wage bearers, small businessmen bearing the brunt.

Other left wing parties like CPI, CPM, CPI(ML), SUCI, Forward Block also staged demonstration on the day calling it Non Cooperation Movement.

In spite of the bandh some petrol pumps operated in the city. The Congress which had decided to call for a nationwide sir changed their motto and called the day as just protests day terming as ‘Jan Akrosh Diwas’.

While heavy vehicles kept off the roads, two wheelers remained unaffected. Emergency services kept working. Most of the highways and roads remained intact as disrupters were apprehended right from the start. Barring some shops markets wore a deserted look. Schools, colleges and other institutions were also stalled.

In Cuttack hundred of activists led by DCC President Md Moukim protested in front of Collector’s office. Tangi Chowdwar CPM staged ‘rail roko’ at Kapilas Road railway station. Workers of AAP, SUCI, CPI burnt effigies of PM Modi. To maintain law and order situation, police had deployed 10 platoon of force in the city.

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