Normal life was affected in Odisha on Saturday due to a 12-hour statewide shutdown by the Bhartiya Janata Party in protest against the death of a minor burn victim allegedly due to medical neglect.
Shops remained closed and government vehicles kept off the road. BJP workers picketed at railway stations detaining several morning trains. Police arrested more than 300 BJP workers across the state, police said.
The 15-year-old girl was set afire on July 28 by two youth in a village in Kendrapada district, about 150 km east of Bhubaneswar. Suffering 70% burn injuries, the victim, a student of class 7, was admitted in Cuttack's SCB Medical College and Hospital the next day.
As her condition deteriorated, doctors tried to shift her to New Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital by air on Thursday for treatment, but could not board a plane at the last moment as her condition further worsened. She was admitted her in the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar but succumbed to her injuries the same night, triggering widespread protests with opposition party activists staging demonstration in front of the residences of the chief minister and health minister.
The Congress has announced to launch a statewide civil disobedience protest on August 20 against declining law and order problem.