Red blockades disrupt traffic in Malkangiri

1 November

KORAPUT/KEONJHAR: Maoists on Sunday disrupted traffic between Orissa and Andhra Pradesh by putting up road blockades near Chitrakonda in the southernmost district of Malkangiri. Sources said around a dozen roadside trees were felled at several places to obstruct vehicles between Chitrakonda and Janbai.
According to the sources, the Red rebels have put up banners and posters near the blockade sites. They have demanded the withdrawal of paramilitary forces from the district and also opposed the Centre’s proposed offensive against Maoists in Malkangiri, which is one of the six worst Maoist-hit districts in the country.

“Take out CRPF jawans from Malkangiri. There will be a bandh call on Wednesday and Thursday to protest against the government’s decision for a major anti-Maoist operation in Malkangiri. We appeal all to cooperate us during the bandh,” one of the posters said.

In another development, suspected Maoists stabbed to death a villager after accusing him of being a cop informer at Rebanapalaspal in Keonjhar district. The victim has been identified as Sunaram Tudu.

Police said about 50 suspected rebels raided the village around 9 pm on Saturday, dragged Tudu out of his house and beat him mercilessly. They then stabbed him.

SP (Keonjhar) Asit Panigrahi said security forces have been dispatched to the spot. “We believe Maoists are behind the killing. But we are investigating the matter,” he said, adding that Tudu was not a police informer.

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