Maoist shutdown has no effect in ChhattisgarhJune 22nd, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, June 22 (IANS) A 48-hour Maoist shutdown failed to evoke any response in Chhattisgarh Monday as normal life remained unaffected even in the rebels’ stronghold of southern Bastar.
The home department relocated hundreds of security men to government facilities in the state’s interiors, mainly in Bastar.
Heavy security was in place in school buildings and government offices and some forest areas vulnerable to Maoist attacks, but the first day of the strike passed off peacefully.
“There is no information of any sort of violence from any part of the state, even in restive Bastar. Normal life remained unaffected, except in two places in Bijapur and Dantewada districts where the insurgents placed heavy logs to block the roads but security men cleared the roads,” T.J. Longkumer, inspector general of Bastar, said.
Shops were also open in all five districts in the vast mineral rich Bastar region - Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar.