26 January 2020
Malkangiri: Villagers at Janturai in the Swabhiman Anchala area killed a Maoist late Saturday night after a face-off over the construction of a road. The deceased Maoist was identified as Adma, a member of the Gumma area committee while the one arrested is Jipro, area commander of Nandapur area committee, Malkangiri SP, Khilari Rishikesh Dnyandeo said.
This is the first time that the villagers in the Maoist stronghold have retaliated. The retaliation took place on Republic Day eve holds significance and reflects the aversion of locals towards the LWEs. The SP said, “On Saturday night over a dozen rebels had gone to Janturai village and tried to terrorise the villagers in order to force them to stop road construction work. They also threatened them not to celebrate Republic Day.”
As an altercation ensued between the Maoists and the villagers, the Maoist resorted to blank firing. In retaliation, the villagers pelted stones and shot arrows at them. They also used traditional weapons to retaliate. One of the Maoists was killed and the other was seriously injured and later arrested, Dnyandeo added.
Currently, the security forces, including the BSF have taken control of the area and keeping a watch on the situation, apprehending a revenge attack. The police have rushed the injured Maoist to the district headquarter hospital in Malkangiri for treatment.
Around 7 am today morning, a group of persons, suspected to be Maoists arrived at Janturai village and ransacked the houses in the hamlet. The SP said, "They had got agitated over questioning of their propaganda by the villagers and also to collect their party cadres. However, when they got to know that their cadres had been handed over to police, they got infuriated and ransacked some houses in the Jodambo village."
"The locals of Janturai village had been shifted to the BSF camp. But by evening they insisted to return home. We provided adequate security in the village after which the villagers returned home," he added.