Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Maoists trying to induct tribal youths

Tuesday December 4 2007 08:11 IST
Express News Service

JEYPORE: As part of the ongoing People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week, Maoist groups in southern parts of the State have geared up activities to lure youths, particularly from tribal pockets, into their groups.

As many as 2,000 youths had already been inducted into different Maoist groups in Rayagada, Malkangiri and Koraput.

Sources said like previous years, Maoists spread across Gudari, Gunupur, Muniguda, Bissamcuttack, Chandrapur, Padmapur pockets in Rayagada, Kalimela, Chitrakonda, Motu, Padia, Malkangiri pockets in Malkangiri and Bandhugam, Narayanpatna, Motu, Padua, Patangi chunks of Koraput are presently inducting tribal youths in the PLGA.

Locals said the Maoist leaders have clarified before the public that they had no intention to harm the public anywhere in the tribal areas during PLGA week but the Naxals have warned the security agencies through posters, banners and leaflets put up at Malkangiri, Rayagada and Koraput districts.

Despite ‘assurances’ by the Maoists for public safety during PLGA, the fear psyche still prevails among the transporters in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts.

On the second day of the Week on Monday, no commuters were seen in these pockets anticipating attacks. Police said that both police and para-military forces are on alert to check any untoward incident.

South-eastern range DIG S K Nath held discussions with the SPs of Naxal strongholds on Monday and directed them to closely monitor the situation.

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