Many of them have NBWs against them

Ninety seven supporters of controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) and Maoists from Palaput village of Narayanpatna block in Koraput district parted ways with the violent outfit on Thursday.

There were many among them who had non-bailable warrants (NBW) pending against them. One Laka Huika had six NBW pending against him while Lokanath Huika had three NBWs against him. Apart from them there were several others who had one or two NBWs pending in their name in Narayanpatna police station.

These Maoist and CMAS supporters reached the Narayanpatna police station and promised the security personnel that they would no more hamper peace in their area by supporting the violent intentions of ultras and the CMAS leaders.

All of them promised to put forward their problems related to development before the administration through proper channel. They also promised to help the administration and the police for initiation of developmental projects and schemes in their areas. They said that due to pressure from the CMAS and Maoists they were not availing benefits of developmental schemes of the government for the poor.

According to Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Avinash Kumar, Palaput was a major stronghold of Maoists and CMAS. These villagers at the instigation of these organisations were regularly involved in road blocking through cutting of trees or digging of roads. According to the police instigated by Maoists these villagers had also blocked the road during the abduction of Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka by the ultras on March 24. According to the police since January more than 1,200 supporters of Maoists and CMAS have decided to part ways from these organisations to lead normal life in Narayanpatna block. With it Maoist violence has gone down in this key Maoist-affected area. Penetration of security forces involved in anti-Maoist operations in the area has also increased.

The police said the CMAS now has a handful of leaders. “We are still making efforts to motivate them including the top leader of CMAS Nachika Linga to surrender,” the SP said.

  • All of them are from Palaput village in Koraput district

  • These villagers were regularly involved in road blockade through cutting of trees, says SP