Maoist bandh in three Odisha districts evokes mixed response

Rourkela, Nov 29 (PTI) The bandh called by Maoists in Odisha’s Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts, bordering Jharkhand in protest against the killing of their leader Kishenji, evoked a mixed response today. Buses from these three districts to Jharkhand stopped plying and vehicular traffic on NH-23 and 215 was also affected, police sources said. Shops and business establishments in interior areas too downed their shutters, the sources added. Work in mines at Kalta, Barsuan and Koida in Sundargarh district and at several places in Keonjhar was also affected as workers did not turn up due to the call for shutdown. However, goods train services from Rourkela to Bimlagarh and Barsuan plied as usual. DIG (Western Range) Y K Jethua said intensive patrolling and combing operation were continuing in the Maoist pockets bordering Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Chhotnagpur division of CPI (Maoist) has given the shutdown call in protest against the killing of top Maoist leader Kishenji in West Bengal.

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