Malkangiri: Naxals reportedly held a huge congregation (Praja Meli) in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri district.
As per available reports, hundreds of people holding red flags in support of the ultras attended the gathering while the weather remained grim due to rainfall.
Meanwhile, the red rebels raised slogans opposing the construction of Gurupriya Bridge.
The Praji Meli was organised during observance of the week-long Martyrs Week (Shahid Saptah) by the Naxals which will continue till August 3.
On the other hand, a video of the congregation showed participants openly violating social distancing norms and other Covid guidelines.
The congregation came as an open challenge for Odisha Police while the security forces are stepping up various anti-Maoist operations across the State.