Koraput/Malkangiri: As the Maoists Martyrs’ Week began on Friday, road communications in the extremists-infested Malkangiri and Koraput districts were disrupted throwing normal life out of gear.
Vehicular communications to different areas like Jeypore, Motu, Chitrakonda and Bhejangiwada were disrupted. Government and private bus services came to a grinding halt. Normal life was hit with markets and business establishments wearing a deserted look.
At many places posters sprang up urging the people to observe the week.
Police and other security forces put up check points and frisked all vehicles entering the State. Additional security forces including BSF, CRPF, District Voluntary Force and Special Operations Group carried out combing operations to ward off any untoward situation in the border areas of the districts sharing boundaries with Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Special cells of district polices have been opened in all affected areas to receive complaints and information from the public relating to any violence. All police stations have been asked to remain on high alert during the week.
Sources said Maoists were already holding meetings in the cutoff region of Malkangiri district attended by hundreds of sympathisers. The Red rebel leaders lashed out at the State and Central Governments alleging that police are killing innocent people dubbing them as Maoists.