Maoist shutdown creates problems for travellers in Bihar

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Gaya (Bihar)/ Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 18 (ANI): Travellers and commuters are facing problems in Bihar's Gaya District as public transport has been put on halt in the wake of the two-day shutdown called by Maoists.

"It was very important for me to go to Tikari, but there is a two-day shutdown. I am not able to work but what can be done? I will go day after tomorrow," said Sunil Kumar, a stranded passenger.

The drivers of government buses claimed that all the workers were present, but no one wanted to ply on roads out of fear. "There is a shutdown for two days called by the Maoists. People are too terrified and there are no passengers. Every driver is on duty, but buses cannot ply on the roads. The shutdown is for today and tomorrow," said Babloo Singh, a bus-driver.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Chhattisgarh Police said that they were ready to tackle any situation.

"The reports of the shutdown have come through media only, we have not found any kind of pamphlets or any other information. Still, the experts are alert and all the police stations and affected areas are put on alert," said R. K. Brij, hhattisgarh Police Spokesperson.

He said the police would make all required arrangements.

Maoists have called for a two-day shutdown, beginning today in the five states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, to protest the anti-Maoist operations by aramilitary forces. (ANI)

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