Security beefed up as Maoists observe martyrs

Bhubaneswar: Security has been tightened in all naxal-dominated districts of the State including Malkangiri, Koraput, Bolangir and Rayagada as the CPI (Maoist) observed “Martyrs’ week” on Sunday which will continue till August 3.
 
State police, CRPF and BSF jawans, deployed adequately at every border point of the districts intensified vehicle checking and frisking including two wheelers. Some bordering places of the districts wore a deserted look as most of the vehicles have remained indoors with the red extremists calling upon the public to join their movement. The naxals have put posters at different places appealing the locals to make their movement a success.
 
Apprehending any eventuality, police have sealed all the roads connecting to the Maoist-hit areas. The vehicular traffic has been affected on Jeypore-Malkangiri and Malkangiri-Motu roads. All the government buses from Jeypore have diverted their roots for a week and are plying on safer roots via Andhra Pradesh to prevent any possible Maoist attack, police sources said.
 
Private bus owners in Koraput district have stopped bus services to Rayagada, Malkangiri, Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas as precautionary measure.
 
Every year, the communist extremists observe the period between July 28 and August 3 as martyrs' week in memory of Charu Mazumdar, founder of the naxalite movement, and other fallen comrades.