62 tribals snap CMAS ties

Bhubaneswar: Chasi Mulia Advasi Sangha (CMAS) leader Nachika Linga received a major jolt for second consecutive month this year after 62 supporters of the Maoist-backed outfit surrendered before the Narayanpatna police in Koraput dictrict on Thursday.

According to police, the tribals belonging to Pachinga village approached them and promised to lead a normal life.

The Narayanpatna block, known as a stronghold of Reds has been witnessing surrender spree of the CMAS supporters for quite some time. While as many as 40 tribals laid their arms before the police this Wednesday, 166 supporters deserted the outfit on three different occasions in January this year, police said.

“In the coming days, if the tribals continue to snap their association with CMAS, it will help weaken existence of the Sangh in the region,” a police official on condition of anonymity said.

He opined a visible fall in maoist activities could well be observed in the area if the trend goes on with en masse surrender of the CMAS supporters.

On the other hand, political analysts observe the development will help security personnel to fight against the Maoists who used to use the innocent tribals as human shields to carryout unlawful activities.

The tribals have started realising that the Sangh is hardly coming to the rescue of families whose earning members are languishing in jail, they observed. Also, being branded as CMAS men, they fail to reap benefit of the government’s welfare schemes for poor and tribals.