Berhampur, December 3 (LocalWire): Road communication in the Maoist-infested southern Odisha districts has been affected with the state-owned Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) suspending its services in the area due to a week-long observance of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) by the CPI (Maoist) that began on Monday.
However, the private bus owners have decided to operate their buses usually. “We have decided not to operate buses in the Maoist-infested districts from 2-8 December,” OSRTC Berhampur divisional manager Rabindra Behera said.
“While at least three routes via Adava in Gajapati district from Berhampur has been suspended, three routes from Bhanjanagar have also been stopped,” he said, adding that in Kandhamal, the corporation has suspended all of its bus services.
In Kandhamal, at least eight buses of the corporation are functioning, while the private operators have said they will make a decision after watching the situation.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Kandhamal and Gajapati districts with stepping up of the anti-Maoist operations.
“We have alerted the forces. The combing operation has been intensified in the district, while the vehicle checking is being done at some of the strategic locations,” a senior police officer said.
He, however, said extra forces were not being deployed and they were managing with the existing forces.
The outlawed outfit generally concentrates on new recruitment during the observance of the PLGA every year.
They also pay homage to the Maoist cadres, who died during the encounter with the forces, sources said.