Naxal bandh call creates confusion

NAGPUR: Two conflicting schedules of agitations released through press communications by various units of Naxals in Dandakaranya region has left the security agencies baffled.

While Naxal’s south regional committee of Dandakaranya has appealed for observation of ‘Jan fituri saptah’ between June 5 and 12 with the last day of the week to be observed as bandh, the other one – Dandakaranya special zonal committee – has called for supporting their weeklong ‘Virodh saptah’ between June 1 and 7 with the last day to be observed as a strike.

Though announced in different periods, the different Naxal units of Dandakaranya, spread across the forested regions of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and parts of Andhra-Odisha border in Central India, have appealed to masses to support them in their protest activities directed towards the deployment of the Indian Army in the hinterlands and conducting operations against the tribal.

Superintendent of police (Gadchiroli) S Vireesh Prabhu described the situation as an attempt to confuse security forces. “We are already in the operation mode and the entire period would see us in an alert state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Naxals too have stepped up their violence in the southern part of the district. Despite police patrolling and a security post in the vicinity, Naxals barged into the residence of the president of the tanta-mukti samiti for Jarawandi village in Etapalli Gajanan Madavi before gunning him down last week.

In another incident, the rebels stormed the residence of a bootlegger at Perimilli in Aheri taluka. As he was not at home, the Naxals damaged his vehicle. A source also claimed that rebels also fired on the police post but the security agencies have denied the same.

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