Normal life was affected in Chhattisgarh's interior areas on Tuesday, the last day of week-long anniversary celebrations of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), with buses off the road and residents remaining indoors fearing attacks.
The terror outfit was observing the week-long (Dec 2-8) anniversary celebrations of its military wing, the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA).
Officials at the police headquarters here said normal life was thrown out of gear in the entire restive Bastar region comprising Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar districts as bus operators kept their vehicles off the road. The insurgents had blocked interior roads as well as national highway 221 in Dantewada and national highway 16 in Bijapur with tree trunks.
Life was also hit in the state's western region, mainly the Rajnandgaon district bordering Maharashtra but no report of violence was received from anywhere in the state.
Officials of the National Mineral Development Corp, India's largest iron ore producer and exporter, said the Maoists' celebrations had reduced iron ore supply by about 30 percent as the East Coast Railway had cancelled goods train movement during the night since Dec 2 between NMDC's mining facilities at Kirandul in Dantewada district to Visakhapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh.