An uneasy calm reigned over the interior tribal pockets in Bhadrachalam division along the restive inter-State border with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during the nation-wide bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) against “Operation Green Hunt” on Monday. The bandh had some impact on the bus services in the remote tribal areas in Charla and Dummugudem mandals adjoining the strife-ridden south Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
The TSRTC has suspended a few night bus services to the interior places within the district and neighbouring Jayasankar Bhupalapalli district as a safety precaution, sources said.
Police maintained a strict vigil on the movement of vehicles on inter-state routes during the bandh on Monday keeping in view the bus burning incident allegedly involving Maoists in Bijapur district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The TSRTC officials concerned have reportedly asked the crew of the buses bound to remote villages in Gundala and Allapalli mandals to park the buses in the vicinity of the police stations in the respective mandal headquarters on Monday night as per the advice of police officers.
The Bhadrachalam sub-division police intensified road opening patrol in the interior areas bordering Andhra Pradesh in the wake of the alleged attempt by Maoists to detonate a pressure bomb in Chintur mandal of the neighbouring State.