Friday, June 27, 2008

Maoists begin protest week in Odisha

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, June 26: Normal life has been affected in the tribal-dominated backward Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts of Odisha with the Maoists observing Anti-repression Week beginning Thursday morning.

In many interior areas both passenger buses and commercial vehicles have remained off the road causing inconvenience for the general public.

In Malkangiri, the Maoists have blocked roads at several locations by felling trees during night time thereby preventing heavy vehicles. However, no untoward incident was reported from the region till 1 pm, police said.

The Maoists are observing the anti-repression week to register their protest against alleged police action against tribals and innocent people who were raising voice against exploitation.

The extremists have distributed leaflets in many areas protesting killing of several `innocent people' at the hands of security personnel, and police excesses in interior pockets of Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati districts.

Reports also indicated that the extremists have distributed leaflets in some pockets of Kandhamal district that were adjacent to Gajapati district.

The Maoists are also demanding release of around 170 persons who had been arrested in the name of Maoists. They are also demanding lifting of the government ban on seven pro-naxal outfits in the state.

The government should focus on developmental work than engaging itself in repressing the voiceless tribals, the extremists have said in their leaflets.

The administration has taken extra measures to cope with the situation. Additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to foil any extremist attack during the week. Combing operations have also been intensified in the region to keep the Maoists at bay.

However, reports suggest that fear of the Maoists continues to dominate the minds of the people as the extremists were spreading their activities in the region in the recent months and the administration had not been successful to contain the problem.

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