Thursday, September 01, 2005

Naxal rally in Capital today

Naxals would roam on the streets of Bhubaneswar on September the 1st. They have got official sanction for this stroll, and the city police are a worried lot. More than 700 police personnel have been commissioned to watch the movement of the Naxals. Several check points including rooftop watch towers and morchas have been set up, yet the police are unsure as to their preparedness to restrict any eventuality.

On 1st September, a Naxal front led by Dandapani Mohanty is taking out a show-off called jan garjan rally that would assemble left-wing ultras and Naxal supporters in the Capital City. This is the second such Naxal rally in Bhubaneswar after the infamous February 6, 2004 siege of Koraput Town.

Intelligence reports suggest that more than One Thousand Naxals and their supporters would hit the Capital streets with traditional weapons and anti-Government placards. While more than One hundred PWG activists are reported to be coming from Rayagada district, roughly fifty Naxals have come from Malkangiri and more than seven hundred Naxal supporters are from Ganjam district. At least two hundred Naxal supporters are said to have set off from Gajapati and Koraput.

It may be recalled that the first jan garjan rally was organized around this time last year after which the process of peace initiative talks between the State Government and People’s War Group (PWG) began. However, nothing materialized as the talks between AP Government and the Naxals failed. The Government had nominated BJD MP from Jajpur Mohan Jena as the mediator for the talks, but nothing materialized.

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