Naxals take 300 villagers hostage ahead of Modi rally in Chhattisgarh. Why is police denying reports?

| Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 17:30
First Published |

MARENGA: Approximately 75 kilometers far from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Chhattisgarh, more than 300 people have been taken hostages in Sukma in Marenga village. 

The police however denied the reports and claimed that there is no hostage crisis in the area. “There is no hostage like situation as Naxals are only meeting the villagers,” Superintendent of police Sukma D Sharavan said.

The supposed meeting has been on since last night but no demands have been so far made by the Naxals. It is believed that the Naxals have held the villagers as hostages as they do not want them to attend the Modi rally in Chhattisgarh. 

PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate two projects in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh during his visit including a steel plant in Dil-mili village. 

The second project is extension of second phase of a 140 km railway line from Raigarh to Jagdalpur which will be signed in the presence of Narendra Modi.

Security has been beefed up ahead of Modi’s village and a multi-layered cover has been put up in place near Bastar region.

Over 10, 000 staff members of the CRPF, Special Task Force (STF), state police and the anti-naxalite wing have been deployed in view of the Prime Minister's visit.

Apart from this, unnamed aerial vehicles have also been deployed for aerial surveillance

On the other hand, Congress has been protesting against PM Modi’s visit to the state and the Maoists have called for a shutdown today. 

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