Sonepur: Normal life was crippled in Banika of Sonepur district Saturday owing to a 12-hour bandh called by BJP demanding filling up of doctor posts in community health centres in the area.
Most shops, business establishments, educational institutions and offices remained shut while vehicles remained off the roads in the locality in response to the strike.
The saffron party activists were seen staging blockades at different locations by burning tyres and holding demonstrations to press for their demands.
The local journalists’ association also extended it’s support to the strike.
“Absence of adequate doctors in different community health centres has become a major problem here as people are deprived of accessing quality healthcare facilities in the area. Despite repeated requests, the district administration has failed to appoint doctors to meet the healthcare needs of locals”, an agitator said.