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Chhattisgarh administration on back foot ahead of Maoists Martyrs week

Raza Naqvi | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:24 IST
After Maoists in Chhattisgarh decided to celebrate Janpituri Saptah (Martyrs week) in all the insurgency-hit areas of the state from 28 July to 3 August, the state administration has gone on back foot. The trains and buses going in the Maoists affected areas have been cancelled for the week.

The measures

  • Threatened, the railway administration has decided to suspend train services this week. The trains going to Bastar have been suspended.
  • The local residents have also been alerted and they have been advised to take precautionary measures and cut short their travel plans in Bastar in view of this week.
  • The security forces have increased patrolling in the insurgency-hit areas of the state and soon search operations will be launched.
  • Bus operators have also been asked not to run their vehicles this week.

The threat

  • The Maoists have stuck pamphlets and banners in the civilian areas of Bastar, Rajnandgaon, Narayanpur and Gariyaband.
  • Maoists have resorted to this technique after a long time. Earlier such type of pamphlets and banners were tied or pasted on trees in remote areas.
  • The administration anticipates violence, massacre and triggering of land mines.
  • It is expected that during the week, top Maoist leaders are likely to gather in Bastar and conduct meetings in the jungles to chalk out new strategies against the increasing strength and presence of security forces in jungles.
First published: 26 July 2015, 5:23 IST
Raza Naqvi @Mir_Naqvi

Raza is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. A passionate follower of crime stories, he is currently working as a Sub-Editor at the Speed News desk.