BHAWANIPATNA: More than a week after a woman Maoist was killed in an encounter in the forests of Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district, the Maoists has given a bandh call in two districts in protest against the killing.
In a two-minute audio tape released by Ghumsar-Nagavalli-Bansadhara division Secretary Umakanta to a local news channel here, the Maoists declared that the woman Maoist was Sangita from Adikanda village of Mohana block in Gajapati district.
Sangita was killed on September 15 during an exchange of fire between Special Operation Group (SOG) and Maoists in Bijepur forest of Kalahandi district.
Umakanta also informed that the division has called a bandh in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts on September 29 protesting the encounter. Police are, however, verifying the authenticity of the tape.
Kalahandi SP Brijesh Rai said there is no confirmed information on the matter. But, police are alert to meet any eventuality and control law and order. Combing operation to flush out the Maoists is continuing, he added.