No impact of Maoist bandh on TS & AP
- Security and search operations ensure calm
Hyderabad: The Maoists’ call for bandh on Thursday in five states, including the two Telugu states and Odisha, has passed off without any major incident. Only a few bus services got disrupted in remote areas. The call was given to protest against the alleged fake encounter in the Andhra-Odisha Border region in which over 30 Maoists were gunned down on October 24.
Many places in the agency areas, where Maoist influence is high in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, were tense in the wake of the bandh call. Though by and large the bandh did not see any major untoward incident in both the Telugu states, the news about the shooting down of a former sarpanch by the Maoists in Bhavanipatnam mandal in Odisha across AOB triggered panic among the people in the agency areas forcing them to stay put in their houses with fingers crossed. Former sarpanch Jayanth was stated to have been shot dead point blank by the Maoists accusing him of being a police informer.
Many villages and towns in the agency areas of AP and TS observed bandh even as armed police personnel stepped up search operations in hotels and lodges to flush out Maoist sympathisers. At many places in these areas buses did not ply as the authorities withdrew the services as a precautionary measure. CRPF and paramilitary forces were deployed at all important places leading to the agency areas and those connecting Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Checkposts and barricades were erected at many points where vehicles, especially those going towards AOB were searched and even passengers in the vehicles were frisked.
Bus services, both government and private, were cancelled in Mundigattu, G Madugula, Pedabailu, GK Veedhi in Visakahpatnam district. Very few buses plied between Paderu and Vizag and also in Araku and Narsipatnam, which were known to be sympathetic to Maoists. Even in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, police stepped up vigilance as some villages and towns observed the bandh out of fear. In East Godavari district, bus services got hit in Kakinada and Rajahmundry. In some of these areas, people observed the bandh following a poster campaign.
In Telangana, villages having Maoist influence like Jaishankar and Warangal districts, the police kept extra vigil. Though most of the top Maoist leaders hail from Warangal district, especially in the surrounding agency areas of Parakala, there was no much impact of the bandh.