PLGA week begins; Red posters ask SPOs to quit jobs

Bhubaneswar: Appearance of red posters in the naxal-hit zones of the state as People's Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week begins Sunday, has kept the police on tenterhooks with posters asking the special police officers (SPOs) to quit their jobs.

Posters found in Govindpalli and Kalimela of Malkangiri district and Lamataput, Onkadeli, Boipariguda and Ramagiri of Koraput district, have prompted the jawans to tighten security in the regions. According to police officials, steps have been taken to thwart all possible Maoist attack during the weeklong celebration.

Normal life in Koraput, Gajapati, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts was disrupted since the state government preferred not to ply any government buses in the regions during the PLGA week. According to reports vehicular movement between Malkangiri and Motu, Chitrakonda, Kalimela has severely affected while no government vehicles are plying in Gajapati district.

Meanwhile combing operation has been intensified in Barkot and Cherchuan forests near Sunabeda in Koraput district following the Friday explosion of three tifin bombs in the area that left two jawans injured. During the subsequent fire exchange between the red rebels and security personnel, the latter have seized 8-10 live tiffin bombs and some Maoist posters.