Bhubaneswar, May 31: Abhisek Pati and Ajay Lenka have learnt it the hard way that stepping out on a bandh day entails high risk.
“We were en route to office when we fell prey to the protesters,” said Abhisek Pati, who had dared to head for office on a bandh day.
Pati was among the two motorcyclists who were beaten up in front of the BJP party office in Kharavela Nagar around 10am while they were passing through a rally organised by the party.
The motorists were rescued from the clutches of BJP activists by policemen patrolling the area.
Ambulance driver Lenka had to bear the brunt of bandh supporters for daring to ferry a patient from Capital Hospital to his Kalinga Nagar home.
“I had gone to Kalinga Nagar to drop a patient at his house. While returning to Capital Hospital, some protesters stopped the vehicle at Patrapada and seeing none inside it, they damaged the glasses with wooden sticks,” said Lenka, who managed to escape unhurt from the spot.
A young had to face the fury of bandh supporters at VSS Nagar. His car was also damaged.
Bandh protesters blocked all the major roads and alleys in the city, burning tyres. With wooden sticks in hand, they did not allow anybody to be out on the streets. Those defying them were assaulted.
Though such incidents of violence marred today’s bandh the city police, however, claimed they were on vigil and had detained around 700 people from several places in the capital.
“Our policemen were patrolling across the city to thwart any kind of violence.
Nearly 20 platoons of police force were deployed at various intersections and around important establishments in the capital.
Around 130 protesters of the CPI were detained by police in Nayapalli for blocking the National Highway No. 5. The Airfield police also detained about 300 BJD activists, including councillors Padmanav Dash and Mahamaya Swain, for imposing bandh in the area.