Maoists go on poster campaign in Koraput ahead of bandh

Defying security measures, the Maoists went on a poster campaign at Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of Koraput district of Odisha ahead of their nationwide bandh tomorrow.

The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has called for a 24-hour bandh in protest against the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and operation Green Hunt.

Maoists have gone on a poster campaign at Odiapentha, Balipeta, Narayanpatna, Almonda, Kaberibadi areas of the district and on the entire road connecting Bandhugaon with Rayagada district urging people to cooperate during the bandh.

“We demand release of jailed political prisoners, halt to operation Green Hunt and withdrawal of para-military forces from the area,” read a poster pasted at Odiapentha and Narayanpatna.

Police said it has already launched combing operations in the area and security arrangements had been made to thwart any trouble during the bandh period.

Admitting that the Naxals have resorted to massive postering in the area, SP Awinash Kumar said, “Security personnel are put on high alert. Anti-Naxalite operations, based on intelligence inputs, have been intensified in the area.

“Though the Maoists have put posters and banners at several places with the help of their overground elements but a close watch is kept on the developments and all the needful will be done,” he added.

The bandh call was given by Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee of CPI (Maoist) which had held Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage for 33 days. The outfit is operating in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas and its secretary Daya had circulated letters to media informing about their bandh call.

During the previous Maoist bandh on April 20 and 21, Narayanpatna remained cut-off from rest of the state for around two weeks as the ultras had felled trees on the roads.

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