Hundreds gather in anti-Maoist rally

Malkangiri: Braving Naxal threats in the region, hundreds of villagers of the district gathered in an anti-Maoist rally in Jagdalpur, in the bordering region of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, and raised voice against the ‘torture’ by the Reds.

The Jana Varjan Samabesh which was attended by inhabitants of at least 15 villages in the region was organized on Monday, police said.

The sloganeering villagers demanded that as some remote villages of the district are still inaccessible by road, Maoists frequent to these villages and torture villagers. They said security must be tightened and anti-Maoist operation beefed up in the area to keep the Reds at bay.

“In the absence of security forces and DVF jawans, Maoists enter some remote villages and start torturing the villagers. Sometime they even rob the villagers their belongings,” said a villager.

“If security is tightened in these Maoist-prone areas, then they will not dare to enter these places to trouble the innocent villagers,” stated another villager.

Meanwhile police said it will analyse the situation and take proper step.

“Attending a large gathering here, the villagers of Tulsi, Mahupadar, Dundipadar and Kirmiti allege that a lady along with some other Maoists is torturing them. We have intensified anti-Maoist operation and deployed some forces in those regions. Very soon we will neutralize the Red Rebels who are active in the area”, said Bastar (Chhattisgarh) SP, RN Dash.