Malkangiri/ Bhubaneswar, Sep 26 :
Maoists have called for a bandh in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 5 to protest the ‘coldblooded massacre’ of 13 villagers’ by the DVF and SOG in Podia block. In a two page handwritten letter in both Telugu and Odia, Jagabandhu, spokersperson for the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) Committee has claimed that none of the 13 victims gunned down by the police was a Maoist and that they all belonged to nearby villages.
The Maoist press release says, a number of young boys and girls from Marigata, Sudhakhanta, Edupanda and Kanaguda villages had been staying away from the village and sleeping in the jungle for fear of police raids that inevitably lead to torture and physical assaults. The police, led by a local person, surrounded their tents and sprayed bullets while the young people were in deep sleep.
The release, written in broken Odia, goes on to say that had it been a real encounter as the police have claimed, there would have been casualties on both sides and asks
why not a single policeman was even injured.
Saluting the victims as martyrs, the Maoists have vowed to avenge the ‘coldblooded massacre’.