Bhubaneswar: The 72-hour bandh called by
Maoists commencing on Sunday in protest against proposed
`Operation Green Hunt` evoked little response in Orissa.
There was no impact of the bandh in any of the naxal
infested districts including Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada,
Gajapati and Ganjam, police said.
Though operation of government buses was suspended in the
district including inter-state services, private buses played
in long and short distance routes in these places as usual.
Sans stray incidents in two places in Malkangiri district
- Motu and Kalimela -, where red rebels blocked the roads by
felling trees in protest against arrest of two Maoists
yesterday, the first day of the shutdown went off peacefully,
Meanwhile, security personnel are keeping a strict
vigil over the situation and manning strategic places to ward
off any threat on them, sources said.
Maoists have called the bandh in Orissa, Bihar,
Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh to protest the
proposed `Operation Green Hunt` to be launched by Centre