Koraput (Orissa), Mar 20(ANI): Orissa Police has began mass communication programmes aimed at tribals to increase contact with them, and to keep them away from joining Maoists.
In order to increase contact with the tribal people, police organized a free health camp in Rajput village of Koraput district.
The doctors examined tribal people and provided free and adequate medicines to those who attended the camp.
Police said that when they used to enter the villages to counter Maoists, the villagers used to resist them, so they decided to adopt such measures to earn the faith of the locals.
"These camps are organized in different villages of different police stations. This is an attempt to increase the contact between police and locals. Security of the state and the country is also tightened," said Anup Sahed, Superintendent of Police, Koraput district.
"The camps are also being conducted in the Maoist-infested areas, so that tribals remain with the government and do not join Maoists," he added.
Tribal believe that with steps like free health camps, locals can talk more freely with the policemen.
"We thank the police administration for this activity. We know police is there to maintain law and order. For the first time police here in our Rajput the panchayat (village council) has organised a free health camp for us. So, all those people who have come here are happy with this activity," said Trilochan Mudli, a local.
Police also organized cultural and sports activities and invited participation of people form various villages. (ANI)