Rourkela: Residents of five villages who
left their homes following Maoist threats today went on a
dharna in K.balang town in Orissa`s Sundergarh district.
The villagers of Mahupada, Langalakata, Jharbeda,
Sanbalijore and Rehlatur in Koida block were threatened to
cooperate or face death penalty by the Maoists, police sources
The threat came after the village heads including ward
members and local sarapanch approached the Bonai sub-collector
with the complaint that Maoists assaulted a 45-year-old man,
Harekrushna Singh, of Mahupada village suspecting him to be a
police informer, on Thursday night, the sources said.
SDPO, Bonai, Sudarshan Sethi, who rushed to K.Balang
along with additional forces last night said
the villagers were assured of security and steps were being
taken to persuade them to return home.