Maoist shutdown has little impact

Bhubaneswar:  A bandh call given by Maoists in  Orissa on Thursday had partial impact.

The CPI (Maoist) had called for the bandh opposing the State Government’s Posco land acquisition drive.

Bus services were affected in some areas in states affected. The impact of the shutdown was felt more in Chandragiri block in Rayagada and Daringbadi, Raikia, Baliguda Brahmanigaon and Kotpad block areas of Kandhamal district.

While shops downed their shutters in the block headquarter town of Daringbadi, vehicular movement was thin in Kotgarh, Daringbadi and Brahmanigaon areas.

Sabyasachi Panda, a leader of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, said through posters and leaflets that it was unacceptable that the Orissa government was forcibly displacing farmers in coastal Jagatsinghpur district to hand over their land to Posco.

The leader criticised the state government for harassing innocent people for their alleged links with the Maoists. He also came down heavily upon the central government for the recent fuel price hike.

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