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Red alert sounded in Narayanpatna as CMAS observes protest day tomorrow

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

Express News Service, First Published : 28 Nov 2009 05:29:00 AM IST, Last Updated : 28 Nov 2009 09:02:14 AM IST

NARAYANPATNA (KORAPUT): Panic has gripped entire Koraput region, especially Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks, with Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) observing protest day tomorrow against recent police firing. With apprehension of retribution from tribals, police and the district administration have remained on their toes.

A red alert has been sounded in all parts of the tribal region.Though the panchayats of Kumbari, Langalbeda, Podapadar, Bijaghat, Balipeta, Tentulipadar of Narayanpatna have been on the boil for past nine months due to continuous tribal unrest, the areas have witnessed an unprecedented tension after CMAS attack on police station on November 20. Thousands of non-tribals have left their homes due to threat of CMAS and continuous violence in the region.

Reports said now both the police and members of CMAS are out to assert their supremacy in region. As of now, the CMAS is clearly on the backfoot with arrests of its 57 members and release of most-wanted list by the police which has the name of the outfit’s president Nachhika Linga.Reports said around 3,000 armed CMAS members have fanned out to 50 villages backed by Maoists of Orissa, Chhattisgarh and AP and they are likely to pose a tough challenge to police tomorrow. Intelligence inputs said several tribal leaders, who have gone underground fearing arrest, may appear tomorrow for the protest day.

In past one week there were at least two instances of exchange of fire between police and the CMAS members during the former’s crackdown on the latter and apprehending more such incidents police are sanitising the area. Sources said about 4,000 armed policemen are camping in the area to tackle any untoward incident.‘’We would not spare anyone violating the law of the land,’’ said Koraput SP Deepak Kumar. Meanwhile, Maoists leaders have condemned the police operation terming it atrocity against tribals. IE

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