Maoist bandh begins in the State

Bhubaneswar: A bandh called by Maoists in protest against the arrest of Maoist leader Azad’s wife Sunita alias Lalita Pata Majhi from Bhubaneswar evoked lukewarm response in the State on Saturday with partial impact in Naxal affected districts.

While some private buses were plying along various routes in the Maoist-hit district, government buses remained off the road or were diverted.

Life in towns remained normal, while Daringbadi, Kotgad, Tumudiband and few other Maoist-infested areas were affected as business establishments and shops remained closed.

Security was tightened in the State with deployment of personnel in strength in sensitive areas and stepped-up patrolling, the police informed.

Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda also demanded that the police produce three other ultras, who were arrested along with Azad’s wife but no information about them has been given by the police.