Koraput: In a setback to the Maoist-backed Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha (CMAS), at least 63 tribals deserted the outfit in Koraput district with a desire to join mainstream society and avail the benefits of Odisha government schemes, police sources said on Sunday.
Given that the banned CPI (Maoist) uses CMAS as a shield to carry out unlawful activities, the recent developments like tribals quitting the outfit will weaken the Maoist organisation in the area in real terms, the sources said.
"If tribals deserting CMAS continues in coming days then it will pose a serious threat to the existence of Naxals in the area as they carry their offensives by using the CMAS members. On the other hand the developments will be very much helpful for the security forces in their fight against extremists," said a police officer at Narayanpatna.
Of late, the tribals have realised that they got nothing in the fight between police and Naxals. Couple of weeks back around 100 tribals had left the CMAS, he said.
"While hundreds of CMAS activists have been jailed, their families are languishing in their villages without any help from the Maoists. Even, CMAS leader Nachika Linga is absconding to avoid arrest. The tribals have realised that they are the ultimate sufferers in the conflict between the Maoists and the police," the source said.
The tribals who have left CMAS belong to Bhaliaput, the village Linga belongs to. The CMAS leader has been in the wanted list of the police for his involvement in around 30 Red offensives including murder and attacking Narayanpatna police station in 2009.
"We hope more villagers will shun ties with CMAS and will cooperate the administration in developmental activities. Now more and more villagers are coming up with information against the Naxals," said SP Koraput Awinash Kumar.