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Blockade cripples life in Chhattisgarh

india Updated: Jun 26, 2007 17:41 IST

Normal life was disrupted on Tuesday in Naxal-infested areas of Chhattisgarh on the first day of a 48- hour economic blockade called by Maoists to protest against Special Economic Zones and the economic policies of the Central and state governments.

"The impact of the economic blockade could be witnessed in many parts of the state, spread across the three regions of Bastar, Sarguja and Raipur. However, no incident has been reported so far from any part of the state," a source in the police headquarters told PTI in Raipur.

Reports reaching in Raipur said both train and road traffic were disrupted in many parts of the state due to the blockade.

Transportation of iron ore from Bailadila continued to be affected on Tuesday as railway lines were damaged by Naxalites in Dantewada district on Monday.

Passenger trains were also cancelled in the Bastar region today, police said.

Bijapur was hit by a blackout for the third consecutive day today after Maoists destroyed two electricity towers in landmine blasts on Sunday night.

To enforce the blockade, Maoists also felled trees to disrupt road communications in many places.

Vehicles stayed off the roads in many places as the rebels had targeted passenger buses in Bastar and Sarguja regions during their last protest, police said.