Special police teams to keep vigil on top Maoist leaders
The state government has beefed up security throughout the 'Red Corridor' and put paramilitary forces deployed in internal areas of Bastar region on maximum alert.
The Maoists have called the protest week from Friday against Operation Green Hunt, the deployment of the army and allocation of iron ore mines to business houses.
On Saturday, two hardcore women Maoist cadre were gunned down by security forces in a shootout near Dhamtari, while the rebels targeted a vehicle carrying jail inmates and the accompanying policemen at Kondagaon.
Elsewhere in the zone, the rebels obstructed vehicular traffic by digging up roads or blocking them with felled trees. In the internal areas, they distributed pamphlets asking tribals to protest against "deployment of army in Bastar in the name of providing them training in jungle warfare".