Bhubaneswar, Dec 23 (LocalWire) In a major setback to the Maoists in Odisha, nearly 300 “sympathisers” of left wing extremists today vowed before the police not to extend helping hand to the red ultras in Malkangiri district.
People who were sympathizing with Maoists and were providing logistic support and were informing the ultras regarding the movement of security forces were from Mahupadad village under Mathili police station jurisdiction of the district.
They pledged to return to mainstream and dissociate themselves from Maoists’ ideology, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police, Khilari Rishikesh Dnyandeo told the LocalWire.
Mahupadar village with forest cover and hillocks surrounding it was providing perfect hideout for the Maoists. Under coercive circumstances, the locals mostly tribal settlers had turned into Maoists’ sympathizers, he said.
Police and security forces engaged in ant-naxal combing operation had prevailed upon them to sever ties with the ultras.
The initiative on part of police paid dividends with people volunteering to toe in line with the red rebels, he said.
The Maoists’ sympathizers are being rehabilitated as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government. Besides security is being steeped up in the village as there is possibility of retaliatory backlash from the Maoists.
Recently the Maoists warned the local not to use mobile phones. The intimidating tactics by suspected LWEs are clear indicator of the fact that they are on the run.
The bridge over river Gurupriya has restored connectivity of the cutoff villages with the mainland. With the security forces keeping tab on anti-Maoist operation, the improved connectivity has led to the bringing down red rebels-engineered violence in the region, he added.