Maoists Force Bandh in Gadchiroli Taluka

The Maoists call for bandh evoked good response at Korchi, a taluka place and some remote parts of the district today.

The markets were closed and roads devoid of traffic during the day though schools and government offices were open.

The Maoists had given a call for bandh today to observe the foundation day of their organisation, villagers said.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) had dropped pamphlets at different places in the taluka calling people to observe bandh today.

Banners to the effect were also put up at Etapalli, a taluka place, last night which were removed by the police today.

Sources said the Naxals had not publicised the bandh call across the district and pamphlets were distributed only at select places.

This was the second time in the last 20 days that the Maoists had called for a bandh. They had announced observing what they called “Martyrs Week” between August 27 and September 3 ‘in memory of the Naxal comrades who were killed in different encounters’ and forced bandh at various places.
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