Life crippled in Indian state after Naxal rebel strike call

18:21, May 18, 2010      

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After the Indian extreme left- wing Naxal rebels began a 48-hour strike following the massacre of at least 40 people in the Dantewada district in the central state of Chhattisgarh Monday, high alert has been put in place in the state on Tuesday.

Life in Bastar, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh was totally crippled due to the call for a shutdown by the rebels.

Also security is high in four other states where the rebels have called for a strike. These states include Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

The central government has asked all these five states to tighten security and take maximum precautions after the attack on Monday, in which the rebels blew up a bus with home-made bomb and killed at least 40 people, mainly civilians and civilians hired by police to fight the rebels, in Dantewada district some 450 km south of the capital Raipur.

In order to avoid possible sabotage of tracks and bridges, railways have also been advised to run trains in Naxal-affected areas at slow speed.

Police officials here informed that the strike called by the Naxal rebels began amid fears of fresh attacks by the rebels.

"Passenger buses are off the roads and people are staying indoors. In several Bastar localities, Naxals have blocked roads by putting heavy wooden logs on jungle roads," a police official said.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has said that he would urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to re-examine the strategy to tackle the Naxals.

Monday's attack followed the attack on April 6 in the same Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, in which 76 security personnel were massacred by the rebels.

Source: Xinhua


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