Maoists’ bandh call disrupts normal life in Odisha’s Malkangiri district

Reported by Ranjan Rath
Malkangiri, Nov 8:

Normal life was disrupted in some areas of Odisha’s Malkangiri disrtrict today due to a 12-hour bandh called by the Maoists in the Dandakarayana area.

The bandh call was given in support of various demands by the Maoist leader of Darabha division in Dandakarayana area Binod Kabasi, who, in his 11-point charter of demands released to the media recently, had demanded shifting of BSF camps, rehabilitation of the oustees of Polavaram project and basic minimum facilities to the tribals.

Maoist bandh call MalkangiriHowever, the impact of the bandh was felt only in eight bordering blocks, police said.

Though there was no impact of the bandh in the district headquarters town, normal life was hit in Mathili and Padia blocks which form part of Dandakarayana, comprising Jagadalpur, Bastar, Sukma and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, Visakhapatnam, Khamam and Konta in Andhra Pradesh and Malkangiri, Koraput and some parts of Nabarangpur.

Vehicles remained off roads while schools and government offices and shops were closed in the district. While some private buses were found plying, government buses from various places to Malkangiri remained cancelled.

Besides, vehicular movement to and from adjoining Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh was also affected due to the digging of a road by the Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police added.

The security personnel had sealed the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border in view of the bandh and intensified combing operations.

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