Sambalpur (Odisha), Jul 31 (PTI) Normal life was hit in Burla due to a dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the residents demanding arrest of those who attacked the residence of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) director on July 28. Also Read - Minor gives birth, another three found pregnant in Odisha

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions, banks and financial institutions and government offices remained closed during the 12-hour shut-down, the police said. Also Read - Plan to revive water body at Burla

Public transport was affected due to the bandh and agitators gheraoed a police station demanding arrest of those involved in the attack on VIMSAR Director Aswini Pujahari. Also Read - VIMSAR junior doctors end cease work

Elaborate security arrangements were made to prevent any untoward incident.

The police took necessary steps to prevent protesters from moving into VIMSAR campus, while agitators were seen picketing near the gate.

Tension had prevailed in Burla town after some students of the institute had allegedly beaten up attendant of a patient and then pelted stones residence of Director of VIMSAR, Aswini Pujahari on July 28 night.

Local residents had gheraoed Burla police station protesting the incident and demanding arrest of the culprits on July 29. They had also announced their plan to observe Burla bandh on the issue today.

On their part, PG students and the House Surgeon Association of VIMSAR continued their cease work demanding removal of Aswnini Pujahari as director.

Under-graduate and post-graduate girl students of VIMSAR also held a rally inside VIMSAR and lodged a complaint alleging that some hand written posters threatening girl students and nurses were found outside the Ladies’ Hostel this morning. Nursing students also moved to the police demanding security in their hostel, the police said.

PG student representative Himansu Mishra said the agitation will continue.

Aswini Pujahari visited the agitation spot, but students refused to talk and shouted slogans against him.

Pujahari said the atmosphere needs to be conducive to hold talks to resolve the issue.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.