Maoists stepped up poster campaign ahead of the bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) in five States on February 20. The outfit called for bandh in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra in protest against the alleged anti-poor and pro-corporate policies of the Central and State governments. Posters and pamphlets bearing the name of CPI (Maoist) Central committee surfaced near a stream near the mandal headquarters town of Venkatapuram in Bhadrachalam division on Saturday. According to sources, the posters contained slogans opposing the Polavaram project and opencast projects besides Coastal Corridor, bauxite mining and other proposed projects of the “big corporate companies” in the Agency areas. The Maoists appealed to all sections of people to extend their support to the bandh.
Naxals target BSF with low intensity IED blast in Kanker
A low intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was triggered off by Naxals in a forested area near Godbinpal village under Antagarh police station limits on Saturday. The rebels exploded the bomb with a purpose to target the anti-Naxal squad of 146th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) conducting area domination and search operations in the area. However, no trooper injured in the blast. After the bomb blast, security forces launched a massive search operation and detected another pressure bomb planted in the nearby area. Naxals also fell trees and put up posters against the police forces. BSF squad seized the posters. Traffic movement resumed after the forces cleared the heavy wooden logs from roads.