Staff Reporter

No untoward incident reported from south Orissa

BERHAMPUR: No untoward incident was reported from south Orissa till Wednesday evening while the Maoists started observation of their People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) Week.

Although the Maoists did not resort to any violent activity yet the impact is felt in remote areas of Malkangiri district. Owing to fear of landmine blasts, vehicular traffic was completely disrupted in Kalimela, Motu, Chitrakonda areas. The buses of the Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) to places like MV 79 and Motu preferred to end their journey at Malkangiri town rather than travelling to their destinations. Even the mini buses and other small passenger vehicles did not prefer to ply due to fear of Maoists. Posters and banners of Maoists came up in remote areas of Gompakunda, Telarai, Motu, Chitarkonda. These posters were in Oriya and Telugu.

They urged the youth not to join or help the police force and join the PLGA instead.

Tight security

Security was tightened and combing operation was intensified in the Malkangiri district as a precautionary measure to check possibility of naxal violence during the PLGA week.

Security was also tightened in other naxal infested districts of south Orissa like Koraput, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Rayagada.

Naxal posters and banners for the PLGA week were found at Dangasorada, Pandrakhal, Gadargudi Nala. There was extra watch on the inter-State borders of the naxal infested districts of south Orissa.

Police is on high alert in south Orissa as the PLGA week celebration is being observed a few days after the arrest of 15 leftist vagrants, recovery of a huge cache of arms and Maoist belongings from a village in Koraput district. Police has also started massive offensive against the Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district which allegedly has Maoist backing. Police arrested at least 57 CMAS activists. So, it is feared that the Maoists may resort to some violent backlash in Koraput district or other places in south Orissa as a show of strength during the week.