Friday, June 20, 2008

Chhattisgarh tribals sneak into AP

DNA Correspondent
Friday, June 20, 2008 03:56 IST

1.2 lakh have fled the naxal-hit state to Maoists’ wrath

HYDERABAD: Nearly 1.2 lakh Gutti Koya tribals of Bastar and Bijpur districts of Chhattisgarh have crossed over in to Andhra’s border district of Khammam over the past six months to escape Salwa Judum camps and the Maoist violence.

But a confidential report of the intelligence bureau has cautioned the Andhra Pradesh government of growing unrest among the local tribals in the border districts and prospective violence unleashed by the Maoists as the Gutti Koyas are known supporters of the CPI (Maoists).

They might also be the advance party of the Maoists’ re-entry into AP, the report says.

The tribal Koyas are migrating to Andhra Pradesh’s border villages instead of the camps set up by the Salwa Judum, the government sponsored anti-Maoist movement.

“Not wanting to face the wrath of the Maoists, the tribals are running away from Chhattisgarh into the border villages of our state,” said DS Chauhan, the district police superintendent of Khammam.

To wean them away from being exploited by the Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, the state government had initiated various schemes, even for the Koya tribals.

“More than 1,500 families have been given ration cards, and provided with benefits of vaccinations, medicare, schools, civil supplies etc.,” said the district collector Shashibhushan Kumar.

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