"Security has been beefed up in the forest interiors of all seven districts of Bastar division - Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker - as the Maoists are observing martyrs' week from July 28 to August 3," a senior police official said.
     
"Combing operations have been intensified in the border areas, though security has always been maintained at top level in the entire Bastar district, which is considered a stronghold of ultras," the official added.
     
According to the police, cultural programs, meetings and recruitment drives will be undertaken by the Maoists during the entire week. The martyrs’ week is mainly observed to commemorate cadres, who were killed by the security forces.
     
So far, no untoward incident has been reported. However, Naxal pamphlets and posters were seen in some places in Bijapur district, which appealed the cadres and the people to observe martyrs' week, the official said.
     
Meanwhile, railways will not be running Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week, fearing Naxal attacks, 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.

(Agencies)

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