Tribals shun ties with CMAS

Bhubaneswar/Koraput: In a major jolt to the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) leader Nachika Linga, as many as 69 supporters of the tribal outfit surrendered before the Narayanpatna police on Sunday, taking the number of CMAS members surrendered so far to 118 in last three days. 
 
Notably, 15 and 34 members of the controversial outfit had surrendered before the Narayanpatna police on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
 
Police said, majority of the members who on Sunday declared to part ways with the violent activities of CMAS, belong to Bhaliaput village of Narayanpatna block to which CMAS president Nachika Linga belongs. Linga who is involved in around 30 Red offensives and attack on Narayanpatna police station in 2009, is still on the run. 
 
According to reports, due to immense pressure from the CMAS, its supporters are not being able to avail the developmental schemes of the government for the tribals and poor. 
 
“Very often it is also observed that these activists are targeted by the displaced people of the villages and nearby areas, whenever they go to Naraynapatna to procure grocery and other items. Besides, they have now realised that they are the victims of the tussle between police and Maoists,” said a source on condition of anonymity.
 
“Also minus any help from either the rebels or the outfit, family members of hundreds of jailed CMAS supporters have been languishing in villages,” said the source.
 
The irked members want to lead a normal life with the rehabilitation policy of the government which declares to help in getting married, education to them ort to their family members, starting some business to lead self-sustained normal life.
 
The recent development, according to analysts, draws significance as it is likely to weaken the Red activities in the region. Maoists reportedly use the CMAS members as shield to carry out their offensive activities.  
 
“The ongoing surrender-spree of the CMAS supporters is definitely a great achievement for the security personnel who are conducting combing operation at frequent intervals to nab them. This apart, the jawans are closely monitoring the movements of these people to thwart any possible untoward incidents,” said a top cop, not to reveal identity.
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