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Bandh affects vehicular movement in Orissa

Vehicular movement in South Orissa was severely affected on Wednesday following two-day 'Chaka bandh' call.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 13:22 IST

Vehicular movement in South Orissa was severely affectedon Wednesdayfollowing the two-day 'Chaka bandh' call given by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) to protest against the state government's recent decision to declare their activities 'unlawful'.

Reports said that roads had been blocked by felling of trees at several places in Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts while public transport had completely gone off the roads.

High alert had been sounded in the southern and western belts of the state following the nationwide 'Chaka bandh' call which commenced on Wednesday.

Large branches and trees were strewn across the roads at Telerai and MV-23 under Kalimela police station area of Malkangiri district.

Both private and public buses had stopped plying on routes passing through maoist-infested areas.

However, markets and other institutions were functioning normally in those places, reports said.

Security measures had been tightened in areas bordering Jharkhand in Sundargarh district where police patrolling had been beefed up.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) and police were jointly maintaining a vigil on a 60 km stretch of the railway line between Sambalpur and Talcher which passes through the naxailte-prone Redhakhol forests, reports said.

The state government had, on June 9 last, declared the activities of the CPI (Maoist) and seven of its frontal organisations 'unlawful' to curb naxalite activities in the state.

The CPI (Maoists) had subsequently described it as an attempt to suppress the democratic rights of the revolutionaries.

The seven other organisations declared as unlawful are: Daman Pratirodh Manch, Revolutionary Democratic Front, Chasi Mulia Samiti, Kui Labanga Sangha, Jana Natya Mandali, Krantikari Kisan Samiti and Bal Sangam.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 13:22 IST