Government officials, people’s representatives and important leaders of political parties were advised by the Odisha Police not to visit Maoist-dominated areas without consulting the local police and not to make night visits and night halts in those areas. They were also advised not to use the flashing lights on top of their official vehicles indicating their official status.

This caution was served followed the September 14 exchange of fire near Seelakota in Malkangiri district in which 13 Maoists were killed and a message sent to party leaders and cadres by CPI (Maoist) general secretary Muppalla Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy asking them to find ways legally like securing bail, or organise jail breaks to free the party’s top leaders from various jails in the country to fill up the great void that was created in the top level leadership of the party due to arrests or killing of leaders by the police. Except three, all the other central committee members of the party were either killed or lodged in jails.

According to reports reaching here, the Inspector General (jails) of Odisha instructed the jails to beef up their security.

Meanwhile bodies of eight Maoists, including a woman, killed in the Seelakota incident were buried at Malkangiri on Tuesday. Earlier family members of five Maoists identified the bodies and took them to their native villages for last rites. Family members of rest of the eight Maoists had reportedly identified the bodies but did not take them, forcing the police to arrange burial of the bodies.

Security was tightened at the Central Jail here in which CPI (Maoist) politburo members Bacha Prasad Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Vijay Kumar Arya and Amit Bagchi, who is also member of party’s Central Military Committee, are being detained in connection with the Gunukurayi encounter case.

Police advise political leaders not to visit Maoist-dominated areas without consulting them