Saturday, June 20, 2009

Maoists Supporters Hijack Bus for not Plying on Route

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Report by Deba Prasad Dash; Malkangiri: More than hundred Maoist sympathizers from Bhejangwada, Chintalwada and Gompakunda Gram panchyats under Kalimela Block today at about 8.00 am forcibly stopped a private owned bus at M.V-66 near Gompakunda some 20 km from here and asked the passengers to get down.

Later,the irate sympathizers boarded the bus and forced the driver to take it to Bhejangwada some 8 km from Kalimela police limits for not plying up to Bhejangwada though permit has been granted by the Transport Department to run between Jeypore & Bhejangwada.Instead, the bus was plying up to Kalimela only violating the permit.On contact,the Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi confirmed the incident and informed that the bus was at Bhejangwada after the incident.

The irate villagers were reportedly held the driver and other staff as hostages and demanded the Jeypore based owner to come to Bhejangwada for a dialogue to meet their demand for plying the bus up to Bhejangwada.According to reports,the irate villagers earlier moved from the pillar to post to put forth their grievance, but to no effect.

The Maoists also earlier asked the bus staff to ply up to Bhejangwada. We were facing a lot of difficulties as the bus was not plying on the route since long despite our best efforts,said a resident of Bhejangwada to this website.

Maoists hijack bus in Orissa, let off passengers
Malkangiri, Orissa (PTI): Armed Maoists hijacked a bus, but let off the passengers before driving it away in Orissa's Malkangiri district on Saturday.

A group of 20 Maoists, demanding reintroduction of bus services to remote Bejingwada area, stopped the private bus near Gamphakunda Chowk , about 35 km from here, District Superintendent of Police Satyarat Bhoi said.

They asked the passengers to alight and drove away with the bus to Bejingwada, taking with them the driver and the staff, he said.

Earlier, there were two buses to Bejingwada, but the owners stopped running them in view of the Maoist menace in the area.

The bus owner was "summoned" by the Maoists at Bejingwada, he said.

The bus was going from from Motu to Nunduli in Babarangpur district via Malkangiri.


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