Malkangiri (Orissa): A bandh called by
Maoists in protest against the killing of a woman naxalite in
a recent encounter with securitymen evoked lukeworm response
in Orissa`s Malkangiri district on Thursday with partial impact at a
few known rebel strongholds.
While some private buses were plying along various
routes in the Maoist-hit district, government buses remained
off the road, official sources said.
Life in towns, including the district headquarter of
Malkangiri, remained normal, while Maoist-hit areas like
Kalimela, Motu, Padia and MV-79 were partially affected.
Security was tightened across the district with
deployment of personnel in strength in sensitive areas and
stepped-up patrolling, police said.
While the district`s borders were sealed, special
security measures were taken at government offices, police
stations, prisons, armouries and arms depots and other vital
installations, they said.
"Strict vigil is being maintained and police is ever
ready to fight the Maoists," Superintendent of Police,
Malkangiri, Anirudha Singh said.
The Naxal unit of Malkangiri, which called the
shutdown, accused the state of failing to fulfill their
14-point demands though assurances had been given to secure
release of District Collector R V Krishna, abducted by naxals