Maoists take out rally on Andhra-Odisha border
The Pedabayalu Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist) organised a meeting on the Andhra-Odisha border on July 28, the first day of the Martyrs’ Week, according to delayed reports reaching here. People in hundreds from nearby villages took out a rally and paid tributes at the memorials of the party members Narender, Mahander, Sharat, Ganapathi, Laalu, Jogal and Sonu. Leaders of Adivasi Viplaval Rytu Coolie Sangham and Adivasi Viplava Mahila Sangham addressed the villagers. They also paid tributes to founder member of Virasam Chalasani Prasad who died a few days ago. Secretary of the Pedabayalu Area Committee Manganna said the villagers also donated cash and rice to be distributed to the families of martyrs. Manyam Pithuri Sena and People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army also took part in the meeting.
Malkangiri bears brunt of Martyrs’ Week
KORAPUT: Commuters are having a harrowing time as public transport system has come to a standstill in Maoist-hit areas of Malkangiri district during observation of Martyrs’ Week by the Red rebels since Tuesday. Fearing Maoist attacks, government has stopped its bus service in the district. Private bus operators too have also stopped running their buses between Malkangiri and Motu, forcing passengers to make their own arrangements. “Passengers are depending on small vehicles to reach their destinations by paying through the nose as the operators are cashing in on the crisis to make some fast bucks. In some areas, the tribals are forced to trek miles due to non-availability of vehicles,” a source at Malkangiri said.
While small vehicles go up to Kalimela, the 50-km stretch from Kalimela to Motu, the southern-most town of Malkangiri, wore a deserted look with movement of public transport system coming to a grinding halt. “An eerie silence prevails in the area. The only sound we could hear is that of the convoy of security personnel, engaged in anti-extremist operations,” said a Kalimela villager. “It is a nightmare to take serious patients to hospitals,” he added. While offices are witnessing thin attendance, several business establishments at Kalimela and Motu have downed their shutters. Police said adequate security arrangements have been made across the district, but they can’t force any bus operator to run vehicles.