Bhubaneswar: With Maoists preparing to observe "Kranti Diwas" on Monday, Orissa government today sounded alert in all districts with special instruction to those Naxal hit, to avert any law and order problem, official sources said.
"We have asked all the district collectors and SPs to remain alert in view of the Maoists`s Kranti Diwas and Independence Day celebration on August 15," Home Secretary UN Behera told reporters.
Maoists had been observing Kranti Diwas in the state
since August 9, 2001 as their leader Kranti Randev was gunned
down by the police on that day. Besides Randev, another ultra
was also killed when they launched attacks on two police
stations (Kalimela and Motu) in Malkangiri district. Five
security personnel were also killed in the encounter, police
As Randev was one of the top ranking members of the
former PWG, the CPI(Maoist) observes his death anniversary
every year on August 9.
The state government`s preventive measures were taken
in response to certain intelligence reports which indicated
that ultras ould create problem.
The collectors had been asked to ensure that the
normal life was not affected in any of the naxal hit districts
due to Maoist`s observation of Kranti Diwas.