Maoists call bandh on poll day, urge locals to boycott elections in Odisha

Bargarh: Urging people to boycott the upcoming state Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Odisha, Maoists have called bandh on the second phase poll day (on April 18).

According to reports, several Maoist posters and banners were found near Nrusinghanath Temple under Paikmal block in the district last night.

The red rebels, through the posters, have urged the locals to observe bandh in the area on April 18, the second phase election day in Odisha. They have requested the people to keep shops, business establishments and educational institutions closed on that day. They also have urged the vehicle owners to keep their vehicles off-road and not to participate in voting.

Besides, the Maoists have appealed the voters to ask questions regarding 11 different issues which included poor irrigation, plights of Hirakud Dam displaced families and farmers’ suicide, to the politicians when they go to seek votes in the area.

On being informed about the anti-election banners and posters, Paikmal police rushed to the spot and seized them. Besides, it has started an investigation into the matter.

Police also have launched a combing operation in Gandhamardan Hills.

Notably, such posters and banners had also surfaced in, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts earlier this.

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