Martyrs' week: Maoists unveil pillars

Published: 04th August 2016 07:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2016 07:00 AM   |  A+A-

MALKANGIRI : THE week-long Martyrs’ Week  being observed by the Maoists concluded on Wednesday with no incidents of violence reported from anywhere in the district. Intelligence sources said Maoists restricted movements to their hideouts in the wake of intensified  area domination operation by the paramilitary forces and State Police. The police and security forces in remote areas were extra vigilant apprehending violence during the week, said a  senior police officer. Despite night patrolling and area domination exercises in all sensitive places, the Red rebels managed to garner good response  with top leaders from across the border offering tributes at the temporary pylons. A series of functions were organised in remote revenue villages under Kalimela, Motu, Podia, MV-79,  Chitrakonda, Mathili, Khairput and Orkel police limits, sources said.

If reports coming from interior  pockets are to be believed, the rebels have unveiled at least 50temporary martyr  domes which were erected during the week with the support of local tribals. The rebels have also reportedly recruited some cadres during the week. Vehicular traffic was badly affected  in the district with most buses between Malkangiri and Jeypore remaining off the road, while OSRTC authority cancelled  plying of State-owned buses on the route as a preventive measure to avert any untoward incident. Attendance at Government offices in Kalimela, Motu, Chitrakonda, Govindapalli, Podia and  MV-79 was thin. Postal services too were affected.

The Maoists observe the week  from July 28 every year to mourn the death of their cadres and concentrate on recruitment.   

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