With the police remaining complacent to appearance of posters suspected to be pasted by Maoists twice within a fortnight terming it to be handiwork of mischievous elements, a third poster has appeared near Gudapada Chowk in Ainlapali gram panchayat under Baunsini police limits on Monday.
The poster written in Odia has called for Boudh bandh on Wednesday and asked the people, district administration, police, and financial institutions besides bus owners to cooperate.
It has warned of dire consequences if anybody dares to defy the bandh and death penalty for corrupt officials.
The poster is signed by one Birendra Lakra, who has identified himself as Commander with no mention of any division.
After the locals saw the poster, they informed the police who seized it.
Prior to this, a poster was found in Adenigarh gram panchayat bordering Nayagarh district on January 26 followed by another along NH-57 near Sahajpal village under Baunsini police limits on February 10.
While the posters threatened death penalty for corrupt officials and urged people to help identify those, they were signed by Arjun Singh who identified himself as Area Commander of CPI (Maoists).
Though the police passed it off as work of mischievous elements, they have failed to track the mischief mongers. The people are in a quandary over the bandh call and are not sure whether to go by the poster or ignore it.
While police remain clueless about persons who have pasted the posters, Boudh SP B Mishra attributed it to mischievous elements again.