Tribals forcefully harvest paddy

Koraput: Hundreds of tribal Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) activists on Friday harvested paddy from the non-tribal lands which they had occupied two years ago at Narayanpatna in the district.

During their land grabbing spree in 2009 the CMAS, reportedly a Maoist-backed organisation, had forcibly occupied over 2,000 acres of non-tribal land in Narayanpatna block claiming it to be their own on which the non-tribals had taken by deceit.

The lands were distributed among landless tribals in the block.

According to sources the CMAS activists harvested paddy from over 30 acres of land at the block headquarters of Narayanpatna.

"We have taken cultivation in few hundred acres of land and in coming days the crops will be harvested," said one of the CMAS activists.

The CMAS which was on the verge of wane since November 2009 after the arrest of around 150 of its activists, including its adviser Gananath Patra, has started regrouping itself in recent times.

In a show of their strength several meetings of the CMAS, which were addressed by Linga and several leaders from Orissa and Andhra, were held in recent time in and around Narayanpatna.

It may be noted that release of the CMAS activists and solving the land problems of the tribals of Narayanpatna was two of the 14 demands put on by the Maoists for the release of Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna.