Few villagers attend weekly ‘haat'

Staff Reporter
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Life goes as usual at Mohana in Gajapati district on Saturday even as the Naxalites observe Martyrs Week. — Photo: Linagaraj Panda
Life goes as usual at Mohana in Gajapati district on Saturday even as the Naxalites observe Martyrs Week. — Photo: Linagaraj Panda

The weekly ‘haat' at Paniganda of Mohana block in Gajapati district had very few customers on Saturday, which hinted at the subtle panic of Maoists ruling in Mohana block bordering Kandhamal district.

The traders as per their practice reached the market since morning but there were very few buyers. The apprehension that Maoists may resort to some kind of violent activity as part of their martyrs' week observation had prevented the inhabitants of the area to refrain from coming over to this weekly market for their weekly marketing. It may be noted that Maoists are observing their martyrs' week from July 28 to August 3.

The general public in Adaba or Mohana is reluctant to discuss about the hints of Maoist presence in their area. Their mum speaks a lot. Ample presence of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the area also speaks of the veil of terror of Maoists ultras lurking in the region. According to the Inspector in Charge of Adaba police station, P.Mallik two companies of CRPF personnel are now camping in the area and no untoward incidents by Maoists have been reported till now during the martyrs' week observation. One CRPF company is camping at Adaba and the other is camping about eight kilometers away.

It is not a bandh call by the Maoists but vehicular traffic is almost nil in the area during night.

Most passenger buses are avoiding travelling through the area at night. It has affected the business of traders at Adaba whose market depended on these buses.

It may be noted in December last year Maoists had torched four Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) buses at Raipanka near Adaba. After it OSRTC has stopped plying buses through the Maoist-infested areas during any bandh or other observation by the Maoists.

Although they have not come forward to get indulged in any violent activity yet the Maoists in a subtle way are trying to hint their presence in the area to keep their panic alive in the minds of general public in this area bordering Ganjam and Kandhamal districts. As per locals some ‘diyas' were lit up at the martyrs' memorial erected by Maoists at Mandimera village near Raipanka two days back.

The people of the area are a worried lot as the rule of this subtle terror of Maoists is affecting their day to day life.



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