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Police action:Families Flee Dantewada Villages

Posted by Admin on April 12, 2010

Fearful of anti-Maoist operations after the Dantewada attack, many families in the district are now fleeing the villages even as Chhattisgarh Chief Minister today launched a major drive to reach out to people in Naxal hotbeds in rural areas.

Security forces have launched a massive manhunt to nab the Maoists after the deadly ambush that killed 76 personnel on 6 April.

Tension prevails in Chintalnar, Mukram and Tarmetla villages, about 500 kms from here, with the police questioning residents, official sources said.

During the ambush, security forces had gunned down eight Maoists, including Rukmati, a self styled section commander hailing from Mukram. Many residents have fled this village fearing police action, they said.

The other Maoists belonged to Rehadgatta, Pamra, Karigundam, Kodapalli, Rengam, Murpalli and Jadka villages which are a stronghold of the Naxals. Sources said that several families from these villages have also taken shelter at other places since the Maoist attack.

Collector, Dantewada district, Reena Kangla said that there was no report of any major exodus from these villages.

However, she admitted that the villagers were fearful after the attack.

"Some villagers have gone to nearby towns but you cannot say that they are fleeing the villages," she said.

Launching a major drive for "good governance" in rural areas, Chief Minister Raman Singh today visited the camps for Naxal-affected in Dantewada to take stock of the situation and assured the people of all necessary help.

Singh announced that the monthly honorarium of Special Police Officers will be raised from Rs 2150 to Rs 3,000 and that ration cards will be issued to them.

In Doranpal village in south Bastar, the chief minister announced several measures for the welfare of the people, including expansion of the local school.

Singh asked the villagers about problems related to electricity and water supply and functioning of the public distribution system.

Officials said that the drive led by the chief minister will be in two phases. The first leg will be till April 16 and the second from April 19 to April 23 during which officials will visit 20,000 villages and address the grievances of the people.

Meanwhile, a massive manhunt is on nab the red rebels, including their leaders, involved in last week’s gruesome killing for which three persons – Papa Rao, Ramana and Hidma – have emerged as prime suspects.

Born in Andhra Pradesh’s Warangal district, Rao, a general secretary of Maoists’ Jagarbandhu area committee, is known to be the right hand man of Ramana, the special general secretary of Dandakarnya region.

Dandakaranya is the forest tract in the country’s central-southern region covering parts of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra where the banned CPI-Maoist virtually runs a parallel government. Outlookd At: Apr 12, 2010 17:25 IST

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