Orissa sounds high alert ahead of Maoist bandh

Last Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 21:41

Bhubaneswar: A high alert has been
sounded in border districts of Orissa in the wake of Maoists
giving a call for a two-day `Bharat bandh` from July 7 against
the killing of top leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in
Andhra.

The police in south Orissa districts comprising
Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati and Koraput were put on high
alert as the slain Maoist leader was popular in those areas,
said a senior home department official.

"Security personnel in these districts have been asked
to keep a tab on sensitive areas during the two-day shutdown
by Maoists," the official said.

"All the vehicles entering and leaving Gajapati
district were being checked properly," Deputy Commandant,
Special Secuirty Battalion (SSB) K C Panda said.

Police said the ultras set fire to a mobile tower at
Chandrapur in Rayagada district last night as a retaliation to
the killing of Azad, police said.

The ultras left leaflets at the site cautioning the
government against any operation.

Besides four districts in southern region, the
security personnel in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh,
Sambalpur were also asked to be on alert.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 21:41

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