Friday, July 31, 2009

Mixed response to Maoist bandh

Friday, July 31, 2009
United News of India
Ranchi, July 31:

Barring disruption of traffic on long distance routes and coal activities at certain Naxal-dominated districts, the two-day statewide bandh called by the banned CPI(Maoist) protesting price hike evoked a mixed response.
The bandh began midnight last night.
Except for areas where Naxal presence is high, life was normal in the district headquarters with no major untoward incident reported so far.
In the state capital government offices, business establishments and schools functioned normally.
Reports from Latehar said long distance traffic was disrupted as loading of coal was stopped at many collieries in the district.
The Bokaro town witnessed normal activity. But the impact of the bandh was total at Naxal-dominated Bermo area.
In Chatra, the bandh disrupted vehicular movement, report said, adding people, who mainly depended on road communication, faced problems.
Railway services were not much affected so far, official sources said, adding security was alert as Maoists often targeted railway property during such agitations

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