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Orissa protestors disrupt work over killings

Roads were blocked, trains were stopped and vehicles were damaged during the 12-hour long protest.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 17:19 IST

Hundreds of protestors disrupted work by preventinggovernment officials from entering their offices during a state-wide strike called by the Opposition in Orissa to protest against the killing of 12 tribals.

Agitators ransacked the ruling Biju Janata Dal office, breaking flower vases and smashing bulbs. Then they picketed Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadai's residence and damaged a motorcycle, the police said.

The activists Khurda, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack burnt tyres,set up road blocks and blocked trains.

There were also reports of attacks on government and police jeeps from several regions.

As a result, all schools and government establishments across the city wereshut. Buses, too, were not plying.

In the tribal dominated districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, hundreds of tribals armed with traditional bow and arrows took out processions and blocked road traffic.

Communist activists hoisted black flags near the ground where the dead were cremated Wednesday.

Violence was reported from different areas as the opposition activists ransacked offices and attacked vehicles during the 12-hour strike.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 17:19 IST