Maoist attacks on rise in Malkangiri (India)
MALKANGIRI: Maoist violence is on the rise in this tribal-dominated district. This year, a total of 55 police personnel, including 37 AP Grey Hound commandos, were killed in the MV-126 landmine blast and Alampekka ambush, while as many as 26 Maoists have been arrested and two shot dead in encounter. The information provided by the District Intelligence Bureau (DIB) speaks volumes about increasing Maoist violence in the area.
According to DIB sources, a total of 15 civilians were killed by the Maoists during 1991-2008, of which, 10 were shot dead this year alone. In fact, most of the civilians were killed by the ultras after branding them as police informers. Besides, 16 OSAP and CRPF jawans were killed by the Maoists in 1992-2008.
It is learnt that the Maoists are running a parallel administration in Kalimela, Motu, Bhejanwada, Podia and other interior pockets. Sources said such is the stronghold of Maoists that they even fix the prices of essential commodities in these areas. They also hold "praja" courts in these areas wherein they decide nature of punishment for flouting their acts.
Human rights activists attribute backwardness of the region for the growing Maoist violence. Experts in the field opined that if the State Government did not look into the socio-economic development of the region, the situation would worsen.
Von: 15.12.2008, www.expressbuzz.com