The CPI (Maoist) East Division Committee has called a bandh in the tribal areas of East Godavari, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts on November 3 to protest against the alleged October 24 encounter, in which 30 Maoists were killed at Malkangiri in Odisha. The Maoists have also called a bandh in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
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The rebels are learnt to be looking for villagers who allegedly tipped off Andhra Pradesh Police about a meeting, which was ambushed by a joint team of Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds and Odisha Police in the early hours of October 24. Andhra Pradesh Police has stepped up vigilance along the Andhra-Odisha border, expecting reprisals from the Maoists whose key leader Ramakrishna alias RK is missing after the alleged encounter.
Posters released by the East Division Committee came up overnight in many areas in the three districts condemning the killing of their members. “All of you should participate in the bandh to condemn this merciless killing and make this bandh a total success. The government wants to open up the forests for bauxite mining which we are opposing, and these killings are police killings not an encounter,’’ the posters said, urging villagers to support the bandh call.
Police have set up check posts and barricades on all roads leading in and out of the border villages and are conducting round the clock checks. Additional forces have been deployed at vulnerable places along main roads and patrolling on foot has been intensified.
Political leaders and government officials have been asked not to venture into remote areas, and stick to mandal headquarters.