Maoist bandh hits life in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Partial impact was witnessed at a few known rebel strongholds on Thursday here as the Maoists called for a bandh and demanded to stop encounter and release the arrested Maoists.

Protesting against the alleged violation of agreement by the State government, the ultras in a letter received by the media persons under the banner of CPI (Maoist) Organisation, Malkangiri division, demanded the police to stop encounter and release all the arrested Maoists.

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

Life in towns, including the district headquarter of Malkangiri, remained normal, while Maoist-hit areas like Kalimela, Motu, Padia and MV-79 were partially affected.

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

While the district`s borders were sealed, special security measures were taken at government offices, police stations, prisons, armouries and arms depots and other vital installations, they said.

"Strict vigil is being maintained and police is ever ready to fight the Maoists," Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Anirudha Singh said.

Notably, a woman maoist Anjita Ratna alias Gajla was killed in police encounter on April 24. Remonstrating against the incident, the ultras have called for the bandh through posters.