Tuesday, June 23, 2009

States affected by Maoist bandh tense


Normal life was disturbed in the five states affected by the bandh called by Maoists, to protest operations being carried out by security forces in Lalgarh in West Midnapore.

Two Maoists were gunned down in a gun battle with police in Orissa’s Naxal-hit Malkangiri area on Monday morning. The ultras, aged between 25 and 30 years, were killed during the exchange of fire at MV-12 area, Malkangiri district superintendent of police Satyabrat Bhoi said.

Meanwhile, Maoists made an abortive bid to blow up an anti-landmine vehicle at Chakulia in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. The incident caused no harm to the police personnel who were on patrolling duty, Inspector General of Police S N Pradhan said.

In West Bengal train services were suspended on the Purulia-Chandil route after reports of a landmine being planted on the tracks at Birandi station trickled in.

Security was beefed up in all the districts of Chhattisgarh. However, transport and bus services in interior and remote areas of Bastar, Kanker and Naryanpur districts were thin in view of reports of naxalites obstructing roads by felling trees.

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