Bhubaneswar, 25 Oct (LocalWire): Vehicular traffic was affected in several southern districts of the state today as the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for a shutdown.
The bandh call was given by the red ultras in protest against the rise in women-related crimes, growing alcoholism and atrocities on poor tribals by security and police forces.
The posters stuck at various places in Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri districts called upon the people to extend their support to the shutdown call.
In several parts of these districts, the ultras blocked the highways and disrupted vehicular traffic by felling roadside trees.
Though traffic was affected, no untoward incident occurred. Security has, however, been stepped up to thwart possible breach of peace in view of the Maoists’ bandh call, police officials said.