Maoists hoist black flag on I-day in Malkangiri district
Despite tight security arrangements across Odisha on Independence Day, Left wing extremists today hoisted black flags and put up banners in at least five locations in Maoist-dominated Malkangiri district but there was no report of any untoward incident. The Maoists, who had called for boycott of Independence Day, hoisted black flags at Luler under Mathili police station area and Omarpali in Odisha-Chhattishgarh border, police said. This apart, black flags and black banners were also found at Bodigata, Kelrai and MV-90 areas.
The Maoist banners opposed police action in the area and demanded withdrawal of Central forces from Malkangiri district. The banners were later removed by the police. There was no report of any untoward incident in any part of the district, police claimed adding that government buses had stopped plying the Motu, MV-79 and Padia areas due to the boycott call by the Maoists.
…Similarly, Maoists hoisted black flag at the Dumurpalli panchayat office under Bissam Cuttack police limits in Rayagada district. Police has seized has seized black flags and Maoist posters and banners from the place, reports said. Besides, in Balangir district, the Red rebels hoisted black flags at the Telenpalli Upper Primary School and the Telenpalli panchayat office in Khaprakhol block, reports said.
Maoists erect black banners
The CPI (Maoist) termed Independence Day on Saturday as a black day as independence failed to uplift the Girijans. The Galikonda area committee of the party erected black banners at Theemulabonda in G.K. Veedhi mandal on Friday. The writings on the banners said the “independence was not for Girijans but for the imperialists, landlords and rich industrialists who are plundering the country’s wealth”.
Earlier, the east division committee of the banned party issued a press release asking people to boycott the Independence Day celebrations and hoist black flags every where. What happened on August 15, 1947 was transfer of power from one imperialist to imperialists who are controlling economy and politics of the country. Land was being taken away from people to benefit big investors to set up industries.