Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Jul 14:
Overnight appearance of two banners purportedly put up by the Maoists in Tilenpali village under Khaprakhol block of Odisha’s Balangir district has left the residents in a state of panic.
The Maoists have opposed the Lower Suktel project and Pujaripali dam project in these banners. They have also opposed mining in the Gandhamardan hills. They have asked the people to intensify protest against their displacement.
The Bolangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund Divisional Committee of the CPI (Maoist) has been written at the end of these banners.
These banners claim that the Maoist party was no way connected with the burning of tendu leaf stacks in Khaprakhol area in the recent past.
It may be recalled that Maoists had set fire to a country liquor making unit in Tilenpali village on June 12.
Around 50 armed Maoists had barged into Telenpali village late in the night on June 12 and went to the country liquor making unit. They directed all the workers to vacate the place and the owner to hand over the cash. They then took away Rs 1.63 lakhs from him and collected mobile phones from all other workers before setting the unit on fire.
The Maoists left behind posters at the spot in which, they claimed that the unit was set ablaze in protest against illegal works being done in the area by its owner.
The posters left by the men at the site of the country liquor making unit too were claimed to have been issued by Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasamund Divisional Committee of the CPI(Maoist).