Cases against CMAS leader Nachika Linga withdrawn

Koraput: A local court on Tuesday allowed state government to withdraw at least three cases against 42 activists of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), including its president Nachika Linga.

The order was passed by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court at Laxmipur.

Linga, held responsible for the tribal uprise in the district and whose name appears in the most wanted list of Koraput police, was on the run.

"The court has accepted our application to withdraw cases against at least 42 CMAS activists including Linga," assistant public prosecutor Abhimanyu Sahu said.

On the state government`s direction, Sahu on July 2 had filed an application before the JMFC court for withdrawal of cases against the CMAS activists, allegedly backed by the Maoists.

According to sources, of the 42 persons against whom cases were withdrawn, 12 persons, including Linga, were accused of destroying a home at Podapadar village in 2009 while 30 others had been booked for their alleged involvement in attacking one Debar Sagar and a liquor shop at Laxmipur in 2008 and 2009 respectively.