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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 2:

Thousands of villagers from six panchayats of Odisha’s Malkangiri district participated in a Maoist-organised congregation here last night, police said today.

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According to reports, Jantri village under Andrapalli panchayat in the cut-off region of the district witnessed a massive assembly last night as people in thousands turned up at the venue.

The members of the outlawed group used the launch and two motorized boats to transport the villagers to the cut-off region. The Reds asked people to boycott the panchayat elections due early next year.

“Maoists of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zone Committee had convened a meeting at Jantri village under Andrapalli panchayat last night. The ultras had forcefully brought villagers from six panchayats terming it as anti-police meeting. They had ferried the villagers with the help of government-provided launch and boats. As the Maoists are losing ground and the rebels are surrendering to join the mainstream, they had conducted this meeting as a last ditch measure. They are instigating people to join Maoist movement. It is our request to the people not to get carried away by the false propaganda,” Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.

With the rebels losing base in the district, they invited people to join them so as to strengthen the movement. They urged people to oppose the setting up of the BSF camp, anti-Maoist operations and not to lay down arms.