Chhattisgarh shuts down to protest Maoist massacre

Chhattisgarh shuts down to protest Maoist massacre

Security personnel carry the coffin of a CRPF soldier who was killed in Dantewada Maoists' attack, in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. PTI

Roads wore a deserted look not only in the state capital Raipur but also in the second most populous town in the state, Bilaspur. In Durg and the industrial towns of Korba, Raigarh and Bhilai too, vehicles remained off roads.

According to reports coming in from the state's Maoist stronghold of Bastar region, the shutdown hit life in the five districts- Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar and Kanker.  

Schools remained closed across the state while shopkeepers downed their shutters as a mark of protest.

Chhattisgarh state Congress president Dhanendra Sahu told reporters here that the strike was called to protest the flawed policies of the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) that resulted in the the killing of 76 troopers Tuesday in the biggest ever attack carried by Maoists.

Hundreds of Maoists trapped over 80 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers on a hilly stretch, some 450 km south of Raipur, in Dantewada district and went on a killing spree using pressure bombs and automatic weapons.

About a dozen industrial bodies, including the Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have extended support to the shutdown to express their solidarity with the  deceased security personnel.  

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