A state wide ‘bandh’ has been called by the Congress in the state of Odisha on September 10, 2012. The ‘bandh’ has been called to protest the police crackdown on the Congress Workers during a party rally on Thursday.

The closure in the state has affected the public transport services along with the businesses. The markets will remain closed for the day. The roads look vacant as the buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws have stayed away.

Reports have said that even the trains are running late by 12 hours. More reports have said that the Odisha Police are arresting anybody who are out on the road. Till now 50 Congress party workers have been arrested.

But till now no outward incident has been reported from the state. Narasimha Mishra the Congress leader on September 9, 2012 appealed to his partymen to observe the bandh peacefully. Detailed security arrangements have been made in the state on Monday. A senior police officer said that security personnel have been deployed at all the sensitive areas across the state. The official added that in the state capital about 51 platoons of security forces have been deployed at different pockets while the special vigil is being maintained near vital installations.