Orissa State Road Transport Corporation suspends bus services to Maoist-affected areas
No untoward incident was reported from the southern districts of Orissa during 36 hours of the two-day bandh by Maoists. However, fear of violence partially affected the life in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Gajapati districts. Maoists tried hard to make their presence felt in Kandhamal district. But the impact of their bandh call was evident only in Baliguda sub-division of the district. The Daringbadi-Brahmanigaon, Brahmanigaon-Adaba and Daringbadi-Sorada roads were blocked by Maoists. Threat posters against police and some civilians also appeared in Kotgarh area. A large number of shops and business establishments remained closed in Daringbadi and Brahmanigaon areas. The Maoist bandh call had no impact in Phulbani sub-division of the district.
In Malkangiri district, the situation improved slightly on Thursday.
According to sources, small passenger vehicles travelled on the roads in most areas except some remote pockets of Kalimela block. The road blocks put by Maoists at Govindpalli ghat road to snap road communication between Koraput and Malkangiri districts had been cleared.
But no passenger vehicle dared to travel on the road.
In Koraput district, the impact of the bandh call was evident in Machhkund and Ankadeli areas as no vehicles preferred to reach the roads here. The weekly ‘haat' at Machhkund on Thursday wore a deserted look. No buses were operated from Koraput to Rayagada and Malkangiri districts. The impact was partial in Narayanpatna block.
In Rayagada district, the bandh call had its toll on the day-to-day life in Chandrapur and Gudari blocks where vehicular traffic came to a standstill.
In Gajapati district, the bandh call had its impact in Mohana and Adaba areas.
The Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) suspended its bus services in Maoist-hit areas of south Orissa in districts like Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati.
Security was tightened and patrolling was intensified in Maoist-affected remote areas.