Raipur: Alert was sounded across Chhattisgarh on Wednesday and extra troops deployed in jungle areas as the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) began its weeklong foundation anniversary celebrations, police said.

“There are attacks feared in state's jungle areas during the weeklong celebrations,” a top police official said.

“Forces have been relocated in areas vulnerable to attacks and civilians are cautioned while travelling on roads filled with landmines in the interiors of Bastar, Raipur and Rajnandgaon districts,” he said.

In Dantewada, considered one of India's worst Left insurgency-hit districts, patrolling has been intensified.

East Coast Railway has cancelled night train movement of goods trains in Waltair division till September 27 between Dantewada's Kirandul to Bastar district headquarters Jagdalpur after intelligence reports warned of possible attacks on rakes loaded with iron ore.

“Security has been put in top gear, policemen have been placed in almost all sensitive areas and patrolling has been intensified on key roads,” Dantewada superintendent of police Ankit Garg said.

Maoist banners and posters recovered by police from forested areas of Dantewada read that the outfit -- founded on September 21 in 2004 with merger of the Peoples' War Group (PWG) and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) -- will host a series of cultural programmes at its hideouts in the jungles of Bastar over the next seven days.

(Agencies)