Maoists call for bandh on May 16

With an aim to continue their reign of terror and pressure on the government, Maoists have given a bandh call in Koraput district on May 16. This is the first bandh call given by Maoists in Koraput district after the abducted Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka last month. The Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation has given the bandh call. The Maoist division functions under the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) which was in the past managed by top Maoist leader Ramkrishna alias RK.

Daya, secretary of Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee, has sent a letter to newsmen in Koraput district regarding the bandh call. It may be noted that Daya was the key element behind abduction of the MLA. Through the letter written in Telugu, Daya has informed that this bandh call is given to protest against NCTC and anti-Maoist operations like Operation Greenhunt. Maoists are also demanding withdrawal of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel from Narayanpatna area of Koraput district. The BSF personnel have been deployed in Koraput district for anti-Maoist operations.

According to sources, the bandh call is expected to have its impact in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks. Its impact may also be felt in some other blocks of the district like Baipariguda, Lamtaput, and Machhkund where Maoists have their presence.

Generally, Maoists cut down trees, dig up roads, and snap telephone cables to disrupt communication during bandhs in the area. Usually resumption of communication network takes time. Clearing of roads become an extra burden on security forces as public works department refrains from this work. Local labour also does not come out to clear the roads due to fear of Naxalites.

In April, Narayanpatna block was kept detached from outside world for several days by Maoists through similar road blockades. Roads to Narayanpatna could be cleared after eleven days.

Series of killings

After release of the MLA, Maoists have also resorted to murders in Koraput district. A contractor Jami Rajendra Prasad (40) from Maoist infested Narayanpatna block was murdered by the Naxalites at Gechela in the Laxmipur police station limits on Narayanpatna-Laxmipur road on May 11. The Naxalites also murdered Balaram Nayak (27) by slitting open his throat at Tentuliguma in Baipariguda police station limits in Koraput district on May 2.

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