Times of India, Jan 25, 2015
BERHAMPUR/ BHAWANIPATNA : Security was tightened in southern districts after Maoists announced to observe Republic Day as black day against US president Barack Obama's visit. "We have alerted all security camps. Vehicle checking has started and patrolling intensified," said SP (Kandhamal) K V Singh.
In Phulbani, six platoons of forces would be deployed, he said. Women and child development minister Usha Devi is scheduled to unfurl the flag at Phulbani. Similar security measures were put in place in Gajapati. Higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahy will hoist the Tricolour at Parlakhemundi. Police said adequate security measures will be taken in Ganjam too. A report from Bhawanipatna said Red rebels have put up posters, asking Obama to go back in Lanjigarh block.
The extremists felled trees and blocked the road connecting Bijepur- Trilochanpur village to prevent movement of CRPF personnel to Niyamgiri forest. The CPI (Maoist) claimed responsibility for torching the midday meal vehicle in Lanjigarh's Ijurpa village on January 21. tnn