Bhubaneswar: Vehicular traffic came to a
halt and markets remained shut in several Maoist-infested
regions of Orissa on second day of the two-day country-wide
shut-down called by the rebels.
Impact of the bandh, called by the red rebels to protest
the killing of their top leader Kishenji, was felt in several
places of naxal-infested districts like Malkangiri, Rayagada,
Gajapati, Sundargarh and Kandhamal.
Passengers faced a tough time as buses and other vehicles
remained off the roads in most Maoist-hit areas including
Malkangiri, Rayagada and Sundargarh for the second day on Monday,
Shops and business establishments remained closed in
Kalimela, Motu, Padia and Chitrakonda areas of Malkangiri
district and remote places and areas bordering Jharkhand in
Sundargarh district, they said.
Security was tightened in all Maoist-infested districts
as a precautionary measure, while force deployment was
strengthened near jails, armouries and government buildings, a
senior police official said.
Patrolling was intensified in vulnerable areas and
borders with neighbouring states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,
Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal were sealed amid thorough
checking of vehicles, he said.
While a high school hostel had been destroyed by the
ultras on the first day of the bandh on Sunday in Malkangiri
district, no untoward incident was reported from any place of
the state so far on Monday, police said.