State terror: Narayanpatna wears a deserted look
Posted by Admin on November 26, 2009
KORAPUT: Six days after the death of two Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) activists in police firing, the densely forested and hilly terrain of Narayanpatna in the district wore a deserted look on Wednesday.
Intensifying their operations to arrest the peasant outfit president Nachika Linga, who is in their most-wanted list, men in uniform patrolled the town and even raided several villages on Wednesday.
During raids at Podapadar, security personnel reportedly came under heavy fire. In retaliation, police fired rubber bullets.
“When we raided the Chasi Muliya’s Podapadar office, some of the activists, who were hiding in the nearby forest, opened fire.
As many as eight rounds were fired from their side. In retaliation, we fired rubber bullets and tear gar shells to scare them away. There have, however, not been any casualties on either end,” SDPO Laxmipur) Y J Rao said.
“We have sealed the CMAS office at Podapadar and arrested as many as 20 activists for their involvement in the police station attack last week. We are confident about arresting Linga soon enough,” he added.
Police have also raided a few places in Marichaguda, Basanput and Tekapadu in search of Linga.
Since Sunday, police have arrested over 50 CMAS activists for their alleged involvement in the police station attack.
Meanwhile, Andhra-Orissa Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) secretary, who identified himself as Daya, in letters posted to the media, have condemned the police firing on CMAS activists and threatened of dire consequences against those who tried to suppress the tribal movement in the area.
for nearly a year, the CMAS, widely known as a pro-Maoist outfit, has been engaged in snatching land belonging to non-tribals and distributing them among landless tribals.
Hundreds of homes across several villages of the district have been damaged during their offensive. Several non-tribal families, who fled their villages out of fear, are yet to return home. TOI