Naxals observe Orissa bundh over police encounters

Nearly 20 to 25 armed Naxals were involved in the twin blasts, police sources said. The red rebels have the bundh call protesting the recent series of police actions against them, including the major encounter in tribal-dominated Rayagara district in which nine Maoists, including five women, cadres were killed.

On the first day of the bundh, the impact was partial in some of the Naxal-hit southern districts like Gajapati, Rayagara and Kandhamal. However, the strike had absolutely no impact in the rest of the districts.

The troubled Kandhamal district was worst affected by the bundh with vehicular traffic and public transportation service coming to a grinding halt. Except the district headquarters town of Phulbani, shops and other business establishments as well as government offices remained closed in the rest of the district.

At different points the Naxals had blocked highways. Rayagara and Kandhamal districts, too, witnessed a police-Naxal encounter on Sunday. However, there was no casualty from either side.

Meanwhile, the nine Maoists who were killed in Rayagara encounter on Sunday have been identified. If police sources are to be believed, one among them was Duburi Srinu alias Ravi, a  Naxal commander from  Andhra Pradesh, who was carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head. The rest eight were from different southern Orissa districts.

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