Maoists bandh against ‘false’ encounter disrupts life

Bhawanipatna/ Rayagada: Vehicular traffic in five blocks of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts was disrupted today as a result of a bandh being observed by the Maoists to protest the killing of a local youth in an false encounter by police a few days back.

The Bandh has been called by Maoists belonging to Bansadhara-Ghumusar- Nagabali division of CPI (Maoist) in Kalyansinghpur, Muniguda and Bisssamcuttack blocks of Rayagada district along with Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi.

Normal was thrown out of gear in with shops and establishments remaining shut across the five blocks.

Notably, in February, a tribal youth was killed in firing involving police. Later, the SP, in a press briefing, had informed that the deceased was a Maoist. The deceased was identified as Mondo Kadraka. Claiming that the police have killed a Dangaria Kandh tribal youth in cold blood and sought to pass it off as an encounter with the Maoists in Rayagada district, the family members of the deceased had earlier demanded stern action against the errant cops.