Koraput: A `most wanted` tribal
leader claimed to be backed by the Maoists not only addressed
a public meeting in Koraput district, but would also announced
that he carry would on his crusade against exploitation by
The president of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS),
Nachika Linga wanted in several cases, including three of
murder and declared as `most wanted` by the police, addressed
the meeting at a forest close to Mankidi village under
Narayanpatna police station yesterday.
"When we came to know about his presence at the
meeting, the police deliberately did not take action because
he was surrounded by hundreds of villagers," Koraput
Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahu said.
Linga also gave an interview to a local tv channel
claiming that his organisation had no link with Maoists and
false cases had been framed against him under pressure from
local money lenders who exploited tribals for generations.