Maoists Observe Bandh In Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Maoists gave a bandh call for today protesting the encounter between the security forces and the rebels in Swabhiman Anchal recently.

Though the bandh had no major impact on locals, Security arrangements were tightened here.

District voluntary force, Special Operation Group (SOG), and BSF personnel have been engaged in search and combing operation in all sensitive areas to avert any untoward incidents.

Reportedly, government offices and plying of government buses to and from the district were cancelled in view of the bandh.

Kailash, secretary of Andhra Pradesh-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of CPI-Maoist has urged locals to condemn the incident while issuing a release terming the exchange of fire as fake encounter.

Kailash alleged that the police are illegally arresting people, torturing them in jail, forcing the cadres to surrender, and making encounters after catching them.