Sunday, May 10, 2009

One beaten to death by Red supporters in Koraput village

9 May 2009, 2305 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik, TNN



KORAPUT: A 40-year-old man was beaten to death and another attacked by a group of armed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) activists in Koraput
district's Gotiguda village on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Nitya Melka and the injured Kadi Pulasika.

Saturday's incident took place a day after some CMAS members had reportedly damaged several houses and injured three people at Podapadar, about five km from Gotiguda.

Sources said around 5 pm, over a 1,000 activists of CMAS, which is reportedly an organization backed by Maoists, raided the village that is about 100 km from Koraput under Narayanpatna police limits. They assaulted a number of villagers for not joining their outfit.

"The CMAS activists were carrying sticks and iron rods. When Melka and Pulasika tried to resist, they became violent and beat them up mercilessly. While Melka died on the spot, Pulasika was severely injured," a source at Narayanpatna said.

According to sources, tension was brewing in the region over the past few days after some 4,000 tribals had organized a rally at Narayanpatna to protest against activities of CMAS. Demanding legal action against the Sangh members and security for locals, the tribals had submitted a memorandum to the tehsildar and police. Then came the retribution. CMAS activists started attacking villagers and their homes, sources said.

"We have learnt that a man has been killed at Gotiguda, but we haven't found the body yet. And because of darkness, it is not safe to send forces to the village as Maoists might have planted landmines," Koraput SP Deepak Kumar said.

Sources said law and order is virtually non-existent in the Maoist-hit Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon area. Even cops fear to go to the interiors areas where the rebels have killed at least six civilians in the past few months.

On April 16, zero voting was recorded at least 11 booths in Narayanpatna. People stay put at home purportedly because of Maoist threats.

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