Maoists call for another weeklong shutdown

July 25th, 2011 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, July 25 (IANS) The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Monday called for a weeklong shutdown from July 28 in its stronghold Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh.

Police found several banners and leaflets from the interior areas of Chhattisgarh’s southern tip, the Bastar region. The outfit said it had called a shutdown from July 28 to Aug 3 to protest the “police offensive against Maoists”.

The group, which has an estimated strength of 10,000 cadres armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers, has vowed to disrupt traffic and normal life during the strike period.

It has also opposed the setting up of a training camp by the army in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.

The government has allotted an area in the sprawling Maoist stronghold of Bastar for the army to set up a jungle warfare training camp.

However, officers of the army’s Central Command have made it clear repeatedly that they are in Bastar only “for jungle warfare training, and not for anti-Maoist operations”.

Maoists had held a weeklong strike early this month as well. It paralysed normal life in the mineral rich Bastar region, which is spread over 40,000 sq km.

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