Rourkela: A bandh called by Maoists in
Jharkhand and adjoining areas of Orissa Thursday evoked partial
response in remote villages and semi urban places of
Shops remained closed and plying of buses to remote
areas was disrupted while movement of trucks and heavy
vehicles on NH-215 was also restricted.
Security was tightened and combing intensified in
Saranda forest along the Orissa Jharkhand border in view of
the shut-down called by Jharkhand Regional Committee of the
banned CPI (Maoist) protesting a proposal to set up head
quarters of India Reserve Battalion (IRB) at Khuntapani block
in west Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.
Maoists are also opposing the proposed visit of
Union Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh to the region
and SAIL`s plan to develop small townships at some forested
locations under Manoharpur police limits in Saranda along the
Situation in Maoist prone areas of Sundargarh district
remained peaceful during the bandh and no untoward incident
was reported during the bandh, sources said.
However, there was no bandh impact in steel city of
Rourkela, district Headquater town at Sundargarh and other
towns like Biramitrapur, Rajgangpur, Banei.
The goods train service from Rourkela to Bimlagarh and
Kiriburu remained normal for transportation of iron ore from
mines area to Rourkela steel plant.