Mixed response to Maoist bandh call

Bhanjanagar/Gunpur/Koraput: The left wing ultras on the eve of the first day of the two day bandh observations on Tuesday torched four mobile towers in two separate incidents at village Borada and Goudagotha under Badagada police station in Bhanjanagar sub-division in Ganjam district. The Maoists who decamped after leaving posters on the two spots have urged the people to observe bandh for two days from December 4.

Likewise, normal life in naxal infested Muniguda areas of Rayagada district has been nadly affected due to the two day bandh call given by the state committee of the CPI(Maoist). Large number of Maoist posters have appeared at Muniguda bus stand, block office and at several places on the road connecting Vedanta alumina plant at Lanjigarh.  Through the posters the Maoists have threatened the Vedanta employees to quit jobs.

Vehicullar movement on the Muniguda-Chandrapur and Muniguda-Kondhmal routes have come to a grinding halt. Goverenment buses went off the Rayagada-Berhampur road from Tuesday night. Government buses plying beteween Rayagda and Bhubaneswar have been diverted through Andhra Pradesh. Security has been beefed up in entire Gunupur sub-division.

The effect of the bandh call too was witnessed in several parts of Kondhmal district. Vehicular movement has been badly hampered in Daringbadi and Kotgad blocks. In Balimela the Maoists have blocked the roads by felling trees on the tracks. While shops and business establishments brought down shutters in Lamtaput, buses stopped plying on the Jeypore-Damanjodi road.

Though the bandh call had no impact in Koraput, however, government and private buses went off the roads causing trouble for the commuters. Buses stopped plying on Jeypore-Phulbani and Jeypore-Malkangiri routes. The bandh had virtually no impact in Boipariguda, Narayanpatna, Bandhu Gaou and Machhkund areas. Similarly, the bandh had no effect in entire Gajapati district.