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Normal life hit in Odisha over death of Dalit girl

Statesman News Service |

BHUBANESHWAR, 10 AUG: Normal life was hit in Odisha today during a dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the BJP blaming the BJD government for the death of a minor Dalit girl, who was set ablaze after a rape bid. Commuters were stranded as BJP workers resorted to road blockade and rail roko at many places during the 12-hour hartal as the party alleged that the 14-year-old girl from Mahakalpada area of Kendrapara district died on Thursday night due to the government’s apathy. In the state capital, BJP activists blocked the track at Bhubaneswar railway station. BJP workers also blocked roads at different areas including Khandagiri, Baramunda, Jayadev Vihar, Master Canteen, Rasulgarh square and Vani Vihar. Vehicles were stopped by protesters who also burnt tyres on the roads at several places to stall vehicular movement. pti