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As Naveen capitulates for MLA’s release, Orissa victims of Maoist violence protest

Author: Debabrata Mohanty
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: April 15, 2012
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/as-naveen-capitulates-for-mlas-release-orissa-victims-of-maoist-violence-protest/936903/0

As the Naveen Patnaik government explores option of back-channel talks with pro-Maoist organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) for early release of abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka, there is growing anger among tribals and Dalits who have been at the receiving end of CMAS violence here.

Patnaik held a meeting in Narayanpatna yesterday with the Koraput MP, MLAs and zilla parishad members and is reported to have urged them to establish contact with the CMAS so that leaders of the Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee of the CPI(Maoist) could be urged to release Hikaka.

While the CM had earlier invited CMAS leader Nachika Linga for negotiations, the latter had rebuffed his overtures.

A 37-year-old tribal from Bhaliaput village in Narayanpatna, Linga is wanted in over 50 cases, including several of murder. Linga is believed to be moving in the forests with senior Maoist leader Daya alias Chamala Kishtiah of the Andhra Orissa border committee. At least four armed Maoist cadres are believed to give him 24-hour security.

The victims of CMAS violence are asking how the government is capitulating before a body as violent as it. Yesterday, family members of some of those killed by the CMAS and Maoists protested before discussions held by Patnaik over Hikaka’s release. “The CMAS didn’t just kill my younger brother Puri, they have driven us out of our home in Jhadipadar. As my brother did not support the violent activities of the CMAS, he had to pay the price,” said Naru Sirika, elder brother of Puri, who now lives in Koraput town. His brother was killed in September 2010.

Kumbha Mandingi’s younger brother was killed by the Maoists in May 2009 for allegedly being a police informer. A tribal from Pachingi village of Narayanpatna’s Kumbhari block, Mandingi is worried that some CMAS activists released on bail last week were looking for him. He had to leave his home in Pachingi earlier after CMAS activists destroyed his home, and now lives in Narayanpatna town. “I don’t know if I can ever return home. If I return, the CMAS would ensure that I am dead the next morning,” he said.

Bhaskar Purusethi of Bikrampur village under Narayanpatna says his son was shot at four times by the Maoists and CMAS in February this year. He could only survive after a major surgery.
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