Sunday, December 02, 2007

High alert sounded in Malkangiri

Malkangiri (Orissa) (PTI): A high alert was sounded in Orissa's Naxalite-hit Malkangiri district and its border with two states sealed after a Maoist frontal wing began a week-long campaign to mark its anniversary.

"A high alert was sounded throughout the district and police patrolling intensified in vulnerable areas after receiving report of the Maoist body's anniversary this week," Superintendent of Police S K Gajviye said.

As a precautionary measure, the borders with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were sealed to prevent influx of Naxalite elements from the neighbouring states, while police force was deployed in sensitive points, he said.

As activists of Praja Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), a frontal organisations of Maoists in the district, put up posters and banners in different places including the district headquarter town on the occasion of their eighth anniversary, streets wore a deserted look, police sources said.

Vehicular movement on major roads in Motu, Kalimela, Padia and MV-79 areas virtually came to a grinding halt as people remained at home.

"We are keeping a close vigil all over and the situation is peaceful," Gajviye said.

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