Tribals forcibly plough on non-tribal land

Maoist-backed tribal organisation Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha ploughed land, which they had forcibly taken over from non-tribals about a year ago, for the third consecutive day today at Narayanpatna area in the district.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

Koraput: Maoist-backed tribal organisation Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) ploughed land, which they had forcibly taken over from non-tribals about a year ago, for the third consecutive day today at Narayanpatna area in the district.

A large number of activists belonging to CMAS ploughed
hundreds of acres of land, which was lying unused, on the
outskirts of Narayanpatna and planted red flags, local people
at Narayanpatna said.

SP (Koraput) Anup Kumar Sahoo said the situation was
normal now and the police had been kept on high alert.

Last year, the CMAS had forcibly occupied around 3000
acres of agricultural land at Narayanpatna block belonging to
non-tribals claiming it to be their own.

The tribal outfit had received a setback when two of its
leaders were killed in police firing last year during an
attack reportedly on the Narayanpatna police station on
November 20, 2009.

Following that the police arrested over 100 CMAS
activists including its advisor Gananath Patra. Its president
Nachika Linga has gone underground.

Recently, Maoists gunned down four persons belonging to
the Zilla Santi Committee which was formed to counter the
violent activities of the CMAS.

Till now the administration has not received any
complaint from the owners of the land. If received, necessary
action will be taken, collector (Koraput) Rajesh Prabjhakar
Patil said.

PTI