Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Nov 4:
About 40 families living in the remote Kanaguda village under Kalimela Police Station of Odisha’s Malkangiri district today left their native village along with all their movable assets and livestock following threats by Maoists.
In a recent order issued on November 1 to terrorise against continued surrender before the police and lack of support to its organisational machine, the Maoists had asked the inhabitants to leave the village or face dire consequences.
“Most of the people of our village have already surrendered before the police. The Maoists now consider us as police informants. This Sunday, they had called up a meeting and asked us to vacate the village within a week. They also threatened that anyone who attempts to resists the order would be killed. This is the reason we are shifting our base from the village,” said Bhima Padiami, a young man who relocated today.
Notably, the Maoists had killed two men from this village – Soma Madkami and Rama Marhi on October 14 suspecting them to be police informers. Bhima’s brother is one of the deceased.
Besides, this is not the first instance of mass relocation because of red terror. Less than two months ago on September 11, 2015 about 53 men and women from 15 families of Dhakadpadar in Malkangiri district had to relocate. Another 64 families of Chitrakonda cut-off area had also fled their village in recent past. Unfortunately, no steps have been taken by the administration to rehabilitate them permanently.
Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, however, appeared unnerved over the proceedings.
“The ultras are losing their support base. This is the reason they are terrorizing the villagers to support them. The plan, however, won’t succeed as the people already know the truth that there is no future to the Maoist revolution,” said Mohapatra.
It may be mentioned here that Mohapatra’s claim holds ground as Maoist supporters from various villages of Malkangiri district continue to surrender. 15 Maoist supporters including 3 militias from Sangel village under Kalimela police limits today surrendered themselves before the police. Overall, more than 2000 supporters have surrendered before the cops in past two months.