Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 3:

Protesting the anti-Maoist operation near the Andhra-Odisha border, in which 30 Maoists were killed, the red rebels today observed bandh in five states including Odisha.


The CPI (Maoist) Central Committee had given the bandh call in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra.

Security has been beefed up in Maoist affected district of Odisha in view of the bandh call.

While bus service came to a grinding halt in Malkangiri, plying of government-run buses in Koraput and Rayagada remained off. The decision was taken to avert any possible untoward incident, said Rayagada DTM Paresh Kumar Thatoi.

The situation was similar in Kandhamal district. The Maoists blocked the Baliguda-Muniguda route by laying trees on road near Kurtamgarh in G Udayagiri, sources said.

The red rebels had planted two landmines near Hatamuniguda in Rayagada. On being informed, Muniguda police reached the spot to diffuse the explosives. Maoist posters were found pasted on trees near the spot.

A sniffer dog was injured as a landmine exploded while diffusing it.

It may be recalled here that 28 Maoists were killed in a gunbattle with security forces which also left a Greyhounds commando dead in the cut-off areas of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district on October 24. Two more Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces at Panasput forest in Malkangiri on October 27.