KORAPUT: At least 44 inhabitants of Nakatipadar village deserted Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) on Friday and reached Narayanpatna police station with a desire to join the mainstream. “All efforts will be made to ensure that those who have deserted CMAS lead a normal life without fear,” said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.
Meanwhile, fearing attack from the CMAS, at least 16 tribal families of Bandhugaon block have also deserted their homes and have been staying in a temporary relief camp, set up by the administration at the block headquarters, since Wednesday night.
Sources said a meeting of the CMAS was organized at Tolo Jamboguda village of Bandhugaon on Wednesday and all villagers were invited to attend it. “Refusing to attend the meeting, these 16 families revolted against the sangh and fearing attack from the CMAS activists around 90 persons of the families trekked at least 15 km to reach Bandhugaon the same night,” said a source.
“We are talking to the tribals and expecting a solution at the earliest,” said BDO (Bandhugaon) Damburudhar Mallick.