KORAPUT: A thick security blanket has been thrown on the district on eve of the Maoists nationwide bandh call on Wednesday. The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has given a 24-hour bandh call in protest against the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and Operation Green Hunt on Wednesday.
Police said while the ongoing anti-Maoists operations have been intensified, security personnel comprising BSF, SOG and Odisha Police have been deployed at strategic locations to avert any untoward incident and to prevent a possible influx of Maoists inside the district. A red alert has been sounded in the area. “Apart from our regular combing operations, we have taken few extra security measures to prevent any eventuality. Patrolling has been intensified and policemen kept on alert,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar, refusing to elaborate on the security arrangements.
Prior to their celebration, the Maoists have put up posters and banners at several places in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks urging people to cooperate during the bandh period. Police spotted several Maoist posters and banners at Odiapentha, Balipeta, Narayanpatna, Almonda and Kaberibadi areas of the district on Monday.
However, locals are panicky over the Red’s bandh call and do not want to upset the Maoists. “Though adequate number of securitymen have been deployed in our area, we are not confident that no untoward incident will happen. On several occasions, the Red rebels have executed offensives under the nose of the securitymen. So, it’s better to cooperate during the bandh period,” said a Narayanpatna resident. Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of the district bordering Andhra Pradesh are considered as Maoists hub where the Koraput-Srikakulam division of the outlawed CPI (Maosit) operates.
Few days ago, Maoist leader Daya through letters to mediapersons in Koraput had informed about the bandh call. Police said similar security arrangements have also been done in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts.