Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, June 19:
The eleven villagers of Mohupadar village in Kiang panchayat under Mathili block in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, who were abducted by the Maoists, were allegedly severely thrashed by the Red rebels before being released.
So severe was the beating that some of the abducted villagers could not walk and had to be carried home on slings by their relatives after their release. Others had to be carried on the backs of relatives to their homes in Mohupadar.
The abductees were severely beaten up by the Red Rebels in the presence of hundreds of people from nearby villages, including Mohupadar, and relatives of the abductees at a praja court (kangaroo court) held near Dandipadar village on the borders with neighbouring Chhattisgarh, sources said.
Sources revealed that at the praja court, the commander of the Darba division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Sunadhar had charged the abductees with being police informers. The abductees allegedly pleaded guilty to the charge after which each of them was severely beaten up by the Reds one after another.
Bowing to the pleading by villagers present at the praja court, who appealed to the Maoists to spare their lives, the Maoists let them off with a warning to refrain from working as police informers or warned them that they would be killed if they did. They were also warned against using mobile phones, the sources said.
The incidents demolishes the security forces’ claim that Maoist activities were under control in the state and proves that jungle raj prevails in the remote areas and the State has no or little presence in these areas.
Notably, about 50-60 armed Maoists had abducted eight persons from Mohupadar village on Wednesday at about 9 PM after waking them up from their sleep. Three more persons, including forest guard Baladev (Pintu) Durua, were abducted by them on Thursday.
Terror reigns in the village after the incident.