Berhampur (Orissa): Vehicular traffic was
hit in several parts of the three southern Orissa districts
of Kandhamal, Gajapati and Rayagada during a bandh organised
by Maoists on Friday.
The red rebels put up a road blockade at Pangalighati,
near Daringibadi in Kandhamal district and at Nalaghat near
Mandimera in Gajapati district.
While the traffic was cleared at Nalaghat by the
police forces, effort was on to clear the road between
Bramhanigaon and Daringibadi in Kandhamal district, DIG
(Southern range) R K Sharma said.
Roads in several parts of the bandh-bound Kandhamal
and Gajapati districts were deserted with government buses
remaining off the roads following a strike by the Orissa
State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) staff federation
in support of their six-point demands.
The private operators in the districts have also
cancelled bus services in the interior parts of the
Vansadhara Divisional Committee (VDC) of the outlawed
CPI(Maoists) had given a call for the bandh on May 21 (Friday)
as part of their `Rastra Santrasvad Birodhi Divas` protesting
the ongoing opearation against Maoists and alleged
displacement of poor and tribal people and handing over prime
land to industrial houses.