Bhubaneswar: The BJP workers staged a protest blocking the National Highway-16 at Satsang Vihar in Bhubaneswar against the arrest of a corporator.
The movement of vehicular traffic was severely hit from both sides of the NH causing inconveniences to commuters. Thousands of vehicles including ambulances, trucks, buses, and cars coming from and to Khordha and Cuttack were stranded on the NH for more than one hour.
Protesting the arrest of BJP corporator Jeevan Rout and police action, the party workers blocked the NH.
According to reports, Jeevan Rout, the corporator of Ward No.29, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman ASI in Bhubaneswar. A case in this regard has been registered at the Mancheswar Police Station. Following his arrest, he was produced before a local court on Friday. The court sent him to Jharpada Jail denying to grant his bail application.
However, the BJP workers termed the allegations as baseless.
“The police arrested the corporator without any reason,” a protestor alleged.
The commuters expressed resentment over the protest blocking the NH.
“We are standing here more than hour. Even as we have urgency, but cannot move from here,” a commuter said.