Martyrs’ Week: Maoists observe ‘Bharat Bandh’, blocks roads across Odisha

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Kandhamal/Malkangiri: Observing the last day of Martyrs’ Week as ‘Bharat Bandh’, Maoists resorted to road blockades at several places across Odisha on Thursday.

In Kandhamal, the rebels have put up posters & banners and also blocked the Baliguda-Daringbadi road by felling standing trees near Pakaladami ghat.

Vehicular traffic has also been affected in Malkangiri district as the outlawed organisation blocked the very busy Malkangiri-Jeypore road. Commuters faced a harrowing time as buses and other vehicles were left stranded on both sides of the road.

Through the banners and posters, the members of the rebel outfit urged people to extend their support to the bandh.

Meanwhile, Maoists torched a JCB machine that was engaged at a road construction site in Kalahandi district. The rebels also blocked roads near Kandughati under Madanpur Rampur police limits in the district by felling trees.

The outlaw organisation also disrupted vehicular movement by blocking the Bhawanipatna-Rayagada road and put up posters at several places. Kalahandi police have seized the posters and have initiated a probe, sources said.

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