Navinagar (Aurangabad): Sending across a word of caution for defying the 48-hour Bharat band called by the Naxals, the CPI (Maoist) has directed Bairiya market at Aurangabad district in Bihar to close down for a month. Following the Maoists’ diktat, the market was shut on Tuesday.

In order to restore confidence among the traders and local people here, the police even staged a flag march from Mali Thana to Bairiya Bazar. Despite the police’s assurance, the traders who were visibly afraid after the Naxal decree refused to open their shops.

The Maoists had set ablaze a mobile tower and a tractor on Sunday and issued a warning to close down all the shops for a month.

Few of the Kirana shop owners said, “We cannot count on the security provided by the police. If police agrees to camp in the market, only then we will open the markets,” they said, adding they didn’t have the information about the Bharat Bandh called by the Maoists.

SDPO Sanjay Kumar said, “We are trying to protect the traders in every possible way.”

Earlier, the Balu Market on Maoist call was also closed for 28 days.

JPN/Bureau