Security Beefed Up As UItras Observe Foundation Week in Chhattisgarh

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Security Beefed Up As UItras Observe Foundation Week in Chhattisgarh
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Security in the Naxal-affected region of Chhattisgarh has been beefed up as CPI(Maoist) is observing a decade of its formation from today, police said.

The Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and People's War Group (PWG) merged to form CPI(Maoist) on September 21, 2004, and since then they have been observing foundation week every year from September 21.

As per intelligence sources, to mark the 10th year of its formation, Maoists have planned to hold several programmes throughout the week all over the country in their strongholds, to demonstrate their influence even after facing critical situations in several regions.

"We were already having inputs regarding Naxals' plans to create disturbances to mark its decade of formation this September. So, necessary instructions have already been issued to police and para-military personnel to be extra cautious," a senior police official said.

As per instructions, security has been beefed up in the forest interiors of Naxal-hit districts, particularly in Bastar division.

Combing operations have been intensified in the areas nearby police stations, check posts, security forces' camps, government establishments, besides border areas in southern Chhattisgarh, the official said.

No major Naxal incident was reported from Bastar region on the first day of the 'foundation week', except exchange of fire between security forces and ultras at a few places in the restive Sukma and Narayanpur districts, he said.

The Naxals had allegedly distributed pamphlets and put up posters in many pockets of the insurgency-hit Bastar division, comprising seven districts, appealing to its cadres to observe foundation day of CPI (Maoist) on September 21.

The celebration has been planned for 7-10 days but they have decided to extend it, depending upon the conditions, the official said.

Security personnel have been told to closely monitor public gathering reported to be organised during this period in remote areas, he said.

The railways, too, have decided not to run passenger trains between Vishakhapatnam to Kirandul beyond Jagdalpur fearing Maoist attack in the region, thereby forcing commuters to travel by bus from Jagdalpur to Kirandul.

"The passenger train will not go beyond Jagdalpur while goods rain will be run only during daytime," a railway official said.

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