Raipur(WEB TEAM): Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Chhattisgarh, Naxalites in held at least 200 villagers hostage in Marenga in Sukma which is 60 kms from Dantewada, say TV channel reports. They had come to hear PM Modi's speech.
The Superintendenent of Police of Sukma earlier denied that there was any hostage situation. Security officials instead said that the villagers have gone to negotiate release of five-six labourers who were taken by the Naxals. The Naxals captured the labourers as they were working on the construction of a bridge in the area, claim security officials as per an NDTV report.
PM Modi reached Dantewada and held a meeting with the state CM Raman Singh. He addressed students at Education City.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Maoist-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. He is scheduled to visit the education city and Livelihood College in Dantewada.
Prime Minister Modi, who would be addressing a public meeting, was supposed to interact with the children and youth from the tribal communities. The MoUs related to two mega infrastructure projects ultra mega steel plant and extension of second phase of Rowghat-Jagdalpur railway line will be signed in the Prime Minister's presence.
Security has been stepped up in the state ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit. A multi-layered security cover has been put in place in Bastar region. More than 10,000 personnel 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.
Unmanned aerial vehicles have also been deployed for aerial surveillance. Meanwhile, the Maoists have called for a shutdown today.
With agency inputs