Maoists call for bandh in six states

Bhubaneswar: The Maoists began the two-day bandh in six states including Orissa by blowing up railway track at two places near Rengada in Sundargarh.
In another incident, around 30-40 Maoists set afire eleven dumpers at Chuna Ghati. They also blocked NH-125 by feeling trees.

Normal life was affected and shops and business establishments closed in areas like Bonai, Koida and K Bolang of Sundargarh district and several other places in Kandhamal and Malkangiri district.

Life was also affected in other districts including Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati and Kandhamal during the bandh as buses stopped plying and most private vehicles went off the roads in these regions.

Security has been tightened in Naxalite-affected areas to keep a vigil to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

The Maoists had called the bandh in Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and three districts in Maharastra — Gadchiroli, Chadrapur, Gondia, the districts of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar and Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh to protest the recent arrest of seven members, including three central committee members from Bihar.

On April 29, seven ultras were arrested from Barsoi village in Katihar district in Bihar by central and state intelligence agencies of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Chattisgarh, a Maoist Central Committee statement had claimed.

Demanding their release, the statement had said the three Central Committee members arrested were Pulendu Sekhar Mukherjee alias Sahed Da, Varanasi Subramaniyam alias Srikant, Vijay Kumar Arya alias Jaspalji, Secretary of Uttar Pradesh-Bihar.