Friday, December 18, 2009

Official team visits Naxal-hit villages

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 19 Dec 2009 07:24:41 AM ISTLast Updated :

ROURKELA: An administrative team today visited some interior villages under K Balang police limits in the Naxal-infested Bonai sub-division to assess the developmental needs of the villagers after they pledged support to the Sundargarh district administration, fed up with Maoist violence.


More than 300 villagers, including children and women, returned to their respective places of Sanbalijodi, Langalkata and Relhatu with security escort provided by the team comprising the Bonai sub-collector Sarat Mishra among others. Two days back fearing reprisal from the Maoists they had taken shelter at K Balang ME School.

At a meeting, people from five villages told the team about their miserable plight with no road communication, lack of infrastructure development and crumbling education and healthcare system.

Mishra said the government would be apprised of the development needs of the areas.

Earlier, more than 1,000 people from five villages, threatened by the Maoists, took shelter at K Balang on December 10 before they returned home amid tight security. With the help of villagers, police later recovered nearly dozen landmines and arrested five suspected Maoists.

Meanwhile, around 10 Maoist posters written in Oriya reading ‘stop police atrocities’ and ‘boycott Jharkhand Assembly polls’ were found pasted near the railway station at Renjda under K Balang police limits. Express News Service Rourkela, December 18 AN administrative team today visited some in¬terior villages under K Balang police limits in the Naxal-infested Bonai sub-division to assess the developmental needs of the villagers after they pledged support to the Sundargarh district administration, fed up with Maoist violence. More than 300 villagers, including children and women, returned to their respective places of Sanbalijodi, Langalkata and Relhatu with security escort provided by the team compris¬ing the Bonai sub-collector Sarat Mishra among others. Two days back fearing reprisal from the Maoists they had taken shelter at K Balang ME School. At a meeting, people from five villages told the team about their miserable plight with no road communication, lack of infrastructure development and crumbling education and healthcare system. Mishra said the government would be ap¬prised of the development needs of the areas. Earlier, more than 1,000 people from five vil¬lages, threatened by the Maoists, took shelter at K Balang on December 10 before they returned home amid tight security. With the help of vil¬lagers, police later recovered nearly dozen land¬mines and arrested five suspected Maoists. Meanwhile, around 10 Maoist posters written in Oriya reading ‘stop police atrocities’ and ‘boycott Jharkhand Assembly polls’ were found pasted near the railway station at Renjda under K Balang police limits

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