KORAPUT: CPI (Maoist) has called a bandh in Malkangiri on September 25 in protest against the recent surrender of villagers in the district to police. Over 500 people in four villages surrendered to police in less than three weeks. In a letter to mediapersons on Tuesday, secretary of the Maoists’ Malkangiri division committee Poonam Chandra urged the locals to cooperate with them on the bandh. “Police are misleading villagers by using priests, traditional healers and quacks against us. The surrender of villagers is staged and managed by security personnel to weaken the Maoist movement,” the letter said.
It added: “Several Maoists who surrendered are yet to get the compensation promised by the state government. Police are misleading gullible villagers with false promises. The Maoist organization is working for the legitimate rights of the poor and tribals and it will continue doing so.”