Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paikasahi, Oct 8:
Over two dozen armed Maoists organized a meeting of youths at Bhurukundi village under Purunakot police station limits in the Satkosia wildlife sanctuary in Odisha’s Angul district on Friday evening exhorting youths to join them.
According to reports, armed Reds numbering around 25, who came from the dense forests, held a 20-minute-long meeting at 6 PM on Friday on the village road.
They exhorted the youth to join them and offered to pay them a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 each.
About 40 young men and women participated in the meeting out of fear of the Reds.
On the other hand, Maoists have threatened to blast the village if the villagers didn’t join their organization. The Reds left for the dense forests after the meeting.
Earlier, Maoists had held a meeting in the village on Tuesday.
The Maoists who have lost their popularity among the masses over the last one year are making attempts to regroup themselves in the state.
It may be pointed out here that thousands of villagers from six panchayats in Malkangiri district had participated in a Maoist-organised congregation at Jantri village in the cut-off region of the district on the evening of October 1 wherein the Reds had asked people to boycott the panchayat elections due early next year.