Monday, June 22, 2009

Mixed response to 48-hour bandh in Chhattisgarh

Raipur (PTI) Security was beefed up in all the districts of Chhattishgarh as the 48-hour bandh called by Maoists in five naxal-hit states began on Monday.

The bandh has been called on June 22 and 23 by the Maoists in West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa in protest against security forces storming Lalgarh in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.

"Security measures have been stepped in Chhattisgarh including Northern Sarguja and South Bastar districts in view of the shutdown call. The security personnel have been asked to remain vigilant against any kind of attack," state Inspector General of Police Vishwaranjan told PTI.

Also, additional forces have been deployed in commercial areas of the state, he said.

The bandh saw a mixed response in the state. Business establishments and shops remained open in all the five districts of Bastar region, especially in urban areas, Mr. Vishwaranjan said.

However, transport and bus services in interior and remote areas of Bastar, Kanker and Naryanpur districts was thin in view of reports of naxalites obstructing roads by felling trees to disrupt traffic, police said.

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