Raipur, Oct 28: Security has been beefed up in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region Sunday after the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) announced it will observe black day Nov 1, the day the state was formed 12 years ago, police said.
Police and paramilitary troopers were sent to forested areas and security at government buildings was strengthened after Maoists’ posters and banners were found in Sukma district, sources at the police headquarters here told IANS.
The Maoists have asked people in seven districts, which constitute the Bastar region, to observe a black day Nov 1 in protest against an alleged shootout in Sarkeguda in Bijapur district in June in which at least 21 villagers were killed by security forces.
The state government has announced cultural programmes for several days starting Nov 1.
The state is also hosting the first Global Investors Summit Nov 2-3 in Naya Raipur, which will replace Raipur as the state capital.