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Maoists observe martyrs' week in Odisha
Tension is mounting in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts of Odisha because of the call of the CPI (Maoist) to observe 'Martyrs Week' from 28 July to pay tributes to its slain leaders and cadres.

The week is being observed to remember Charu Majumdar, founder of the Naxal movement, who died on 26 July 1972 in police lock-up. Violent incidents may be witnessed on the border with Odisha and Chhatishgarh.

Normal life has completely paralysed in areas falling under Malkangiri district. The vehicular movement completely paralysed from 28 July. They also openly organised public meetings in spite of the deployment of armed constabulary to create awareness on their ideology and to lure people into their fold.  They are spreading their message through cultural programmes like dance and singing revolutionary songs.

Steps have been taken by the leaders of the Maoist party to organise feasts for people attending the meetings and cultural programmes under Chitrakonda, Motu tehsils, Kalimela, Podia blocks and most other important areas bordering Andhra Pradesh and Chhatishgarh.

Mainly, the Maoists are focussing on the "anti-people activities of the government".  Maoists even exposed the death of Venu under police custody last week. Venu was taken to police custody from Allampaka village under Chitrakonda tehsil along with two other tribal youth and his body was handed over to the family on Wednesday last. While his family members and villagers are demanding a probe into the incident, police claimed that his condition was critical at the time of arrest.

The Maoist party leaders are also creating awareness campaigns against the Border Security Force (BSF) in remote villages and their operation of “assaulting the tribals and killing in the name of combing operation.”

The Maoists also protested the killing of their leader Ganti Prasad in Andhra Pradesh. However, the Malkangiri superintendent of police Akhilesh Singh told the local newsmen at Malkangiri that steps have been taken to intensify combing operation to counter Maoists.

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