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Maoists observe ‘martyr week’, Orissa on alert (LEAD) July 31, 2005

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Indo-Asian News Service

Bhubaneswar, July 29 (IANS) With Maoists observing “martyr week” to commemorate the death anniversary of legendary rebel leader Charu Majumdar, seven Orissa districts have been put on alert for fear of attacks by the guerrillas.

Security has been beefed up in Gajapati, Malkangiri, Raigada, Nabrangpur, Koraput in the south and Sambalpur and Sundargarh in the west.

Maoists had killed five people in Tamparsinga, Banjaritikira and Larabira villages in Sambalpur July 7, and had shot dead three people in Burda village in the same district in May.

Martyr week began Thursday, with Majumdar having died in police custody July 28, 1972. He was the founder of the “Naxalite” movement that had its roots in agrarian unrest in West Bengal in the late 1960s.

Maoists are today active in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar and enjoy some influence in West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

–Indo-Asian News Service

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