Rayagada: The vehicular movement in southern district of Odisha was badly affected as the Maoists observed 24-hour bandh today.
The ultras staged road blockade by placing uprooted trees on major roads connecting to Berhampur, Phulbani and Bhanjanagar from Rayagada.
In view of safety of passengers, Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) suspended its bus operation on 17 routes due to stir called by Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali (BGN) division of CPI-Maoists against anti-Maoist operation in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The bus service has been cancelled on the routes including Gunupur-Jeypore, Kashipur-Jeypore via Dasmantpur, Kashipur-Jeypore via Odiapentha, Rayagada-Narayanpatna, Rayagada-Chandrapur, Jeypore-Phulbani, Paralakhemundi-Jeypore, Jeypore-Malkangiri, Jeypore-Motu 1 and 2, Bhawanipatna-Motu, Kotia-Jeypore, Jeypore-Bhadranchalam via Chitrakonda, Koraput-Gupteswar, Indravati-Chitrakonda, Niladrinagar-Indravati, Jeypore-Parvatipuram and Jeypore-Katagaon, said Jeypore divisional transport manager Srinivas Panigrahi.
Meanwhile, the authorities beefed up security in Rayagada to avoid any untoward incident.
Along with 10 company forces of CRPF and BSF personnel, the District Voluntary Force (DVF) Jawans have been deployed in Rayagada to foil Maoists plans against spread of violence, informed Rayagada SP Dr. Saravana Vivek M.
Also, the combing operation has been intensified in Left-wing extremism (LWE) affected Koraput, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts by sealing Andhra-Odisha border.
Based on intelligence inputs, the police have kept vigil on Maoist activities in the districts, sources in police said.
Apart from Rayagada, the Maoists urged people to observe bandh in Nabarangpur district.
A Maoist poster reportedly by Chhattisgarh-Mainpur division was spotted at Khalepara village under Raighar police limits in wee hours opposing Centre and State’s anti-Maoists policy. Through the poster, the ultras sought support from the locals to make the shutdown successful against government.