Chhattisgarh Maoists block traffic on day two of shutdownJune 23rd, 2009 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, June 23 (IANS) Day two of the 48-hour shutdown called by Maoists hit life in several parts of Chhattisgarh Tuesday with guerrillas blocking roads and disrupting traffic on key highways.
Though life remained unaffected on Monday and no incidents of violence were reported, police said the shutdown impacted life in Bastar bordering Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and in northern Surguja that shares a border with Jharkhand state. Dozens of people were stranded at bus stands with no vehicles ready to move into the red zone, said a police official.
From early morning Tuesday, guerrillas had placed heavy logs to block roads in their stronghold Bastar that covers the five districts of Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar. This disrupted traffic on the national highways.
In Surguja, owners of passenger and commercial vehicles kept off the roads fearing attacks.
The Communist Party of India-Maoist had called for a two-day shutdown in Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar to protest operations against them in Lalgarh, West Bengal.