Malkangiri, Nov 18: As many as 30 people have reportedly fled from their village in Odisha's Malkangiri district due to the fear of Naxals, who are forcibly recruiting the residents into their cadre.
Malkangiri superintendent of police (SP) Mitrabhanu Mohapatra told news agency ANI that atleast five families have approached him this regard.
5 families came to us alleging Maoists displaced them; Maoists using fear practice after losing public support here: Mitrabhanu Mahapatra,SP pic.twitter.com/TqeMrEPGtb
5 families came to us alleging Maoists displaced them; Maoists using fear practice after losing public support here: Mitrabhanu Mahapatra,SP pic.twitter.com/TqeMrEPGtb— ANI (@ANI_news) 18 November 2016
Maoists have suffered heavy losses in the Malkangiri in the recent years after the security forces stepped up their operations against them.
Last month, at least 24 Maoists, including two top leaders and 7 women, were shot dead by a joint team of Odisha Police and Greyhounds team of AP Police near the Andhra-Odisha border.
Between the years 2008-2012, Maoist activities in this region were at their peak with Malkangiri emerging as thier stronhold. This prompted security forces to pull their act together and focus curb this menace.
In the last two years several top Maoist have been killed by the forces in this region.