Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput , Sep 7:
Security has been beefed up in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Nabarangpur districts in Odisha after the outlawed CPI (Maoist) party put up posters at several parts of Malkangiri district asking people to co-operate with them during the observance of their party foundation week (September 21 to 27) and join their armed struggle.
Inspector General of Police (South-Western Range) YK Jethwa said the police are keeping a close watch over the vulnerable areas and that security has been tightened in the Maoist affected districts.
The IGP claimed that the rebels are on the defensive due to extensive anti-Maoist operations in the area over the past few months. However, he said they are not being complacent. Strict vigil is being maintained along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border in particular to stop the influx of the rebels from the neighbouring state and security forces are on high alert, he said.
The foundation week celebrations of the banned CPI (Maoist) beginning September 21 are likely to include cultural programmes, meetings at remote spots and party propoganda. The rebels are also likely to launch a recruitment drive during the period to induct fresh blood into the outfit, police said.
CPI (Maoist) party was formed on September 21, 2004 following the merger of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Peoples War Group and Maoist Communist Centre of India. The party has been observing party foundation week from September 21 to 27 every year since then.