Maoists Kill Villager During Bandh In Odisha, 5 Districts Crippled

**Bhubaneswar**: A villager is killed by Maoists on Saturday, a day when they had called for a 12-hr bandh demanding stringent and quick action against the Kunduli minor gang rape accused persons and a solution to Mahanadi water row with Chhattisgarh. The villager was suspected to be a police informer by the Maoists, according to sources.

According to DGP R.P Sharma, “The police is investigating the death of a villager under Rampur PS in Kalahandi. It is yet to be ascertained whether he was killed by the Maoists or not.”

The Maoist 12-hr bandh call on Saturday has crippled life in 5 districts of Odisha. The Bansadhara-Ghumusara-Nagabali (BGN) division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) group have put up posters at several places urging people to make this bandh successful.

This bandh has affected the vehicular movement of five districts. The government bus services have remained off road giving a tough time for commuters in Phulbani, Malkangiri and Jeypore. However, the private buses plied as usual. NH-59 has been blocked by placing tree logs near Baliguda, Tagada bridge and Tumudibandha.

The vehicular movement is completely stopped in the Bhawanipatna-Rayagada route. The effect of bandh was also felt in the neighbouring district Boudh also.

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