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Tribals in Odisha’s cutoff area seek protection from Maoists

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Jun 3:

About 60 tribal families of the cut off area in Odisha’s Malkangiri district have left their houses and sought security from the district administration today following Maoist threat.

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According to reports, about 60 tribal families of Andrapalli and Panaspur villages in the cutoff area of Chitrakonda block met district superintendent of police (SP) Mitrabhanu Mohapatra at the district headquarters office this morning and requested him to provide them with adequate protection against the Maoists.

The panicky villagers said the Maoists had killed two villagers a few days ago suspecting them to be police informers and set several houses on fire.

They also said they have been forced to leave their village as the Maoists have been torturing innocent tribals and threatening to kill them.

Meanwhile, the police, in consultation with the district administration, has decided to rehabilitate these runaway tribals.

Efforts are being made to impart a free, three-month vocational training to these tribal families to help them eke out a living.

On the other hand, the Maoist leaders, in a release today, have alleged that the police have tactfully taken away these tribals from their homeland.