Strike hits normal life in Chhattisgarh district

June 24th, 2008 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 24 (IANS) Normal life was paralysed, shops closed and vehicles were off road Tuesday in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Dantewada district following a strike call by three political organisations. The daylong strike was called by the Communist Party of India (CPI), All India Adivasi Mahasabha and All India Students Federation to press their demands, including for arrest of four special police officers (SPOs) who allegedly raped two school girls June 15.

They also sought immediate removal of para-military troopers from school buildings where they have been temporarily put up by the state government.

The CPI members alleged that Maoist rebels are demolishing school buildings and tribal department-run boarding schools in the interiors of Dantewada as Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers have taken shelter there.

The CPI workers took to streets in support of the strike. No violence was reported from any part of Dantewada district, the nerve centre of Maoist insurgents since 1980.

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