Odisha police on high alert ahead of Maoist bandh

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 24: With the Maoists calling for a two-day economic blockade in Odisha from Monday and a statewide bandh on the Republic Day on Tuesday, the state police were put on high alert on Sunday to prevent any untoward incidents over the next two days.

The Maoists have called for an economic blockade across Odisha on January 25 and 26, and a statewide bandh on the second day to highlight their demand for immediate release of Subhashree alias Mili Panda, wife of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda.

After giving the call for an economic blockade and bandh, the Maoists have already struck at several places in Malkangiri, Koraput and Sundargarh districts killing at least five persons and injuring 10 persons.

The bandh call had come a major cause of worry for the state government as the police were apprehensive that the Maoist could spoil the Republic Day celebrations in the districts where they had a strong presence.

The Ministers and senior administration officials were scheduled join the Republic Day celebrations in different district headquarters towns in the state on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, two policemen were injured in a landmine blast in Koraput district during the day.

The blast occurred when the security personnel were defusing a landmine planted under a culvert in Narayanpatna area.

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