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Maoist bandh cripples life in 5 districts of Odisha

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BandhBhawanipatna/Baliguda: Normal life came to a standstill in five districts of Odisha today following a dawn to dusk bandh called by Maoists demanding action against Kunduli minor girl gang rape accused as well as a solution to Mahanadi water row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Following the 12-hour bandh, government buses remained off road giving a tough time for commuters in areas like Jeypore, Malkangiri and Phulbani, whereas private transportation vehicles plied as usual. Similarly, schools, colleges and shops remained opened during the bandh observation.

Posters released in the name of Bansadhara-Ghumusara-Nagabali (BGN) division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) group surfaced at Muniguda block of Rayagada district in the morning today and was followed by road blockades staged by red rebels at several places.

The effect of bandh was also felt in the neighbouring district Boudh also, where vehicular movement on the roads came to a grinding halt and shops and business establishments remained closed.

Heavy security arrangements have been made by the district authorities to avoid any untoward incidnet during the bandh.