Bhubaneswar, 12 July-2014, Kishore Dash: Contrary to the all tall claims of the state government and police high ups of rise in confidence level among the tribal’s residing in the remote and interior pockets of the district, more than five hundred villagers have fled their homes across Kalimela and Podia blocks years back due to Maoist threat and are now living in makeshift camps built by them at MV-3 village, in front of the Border Security Forces sector office, situated just at the outskirts of Malkangiri district headquarters town . The mass exodus was sparked off when the ultras asked the tribal villagers to side with them or face the consequence years back.
A visit to the make shift houses of the Maoists victims, best explains how the state government has left them neglected over the years. Hundreds of tribal people including old man and women were seen in tears while narrating theirs story of mass exodus from their home turfs fearing the Maoist threat and the failure of the police to ensure their safety. Deprived of any source of livelihood and basic amenities like, drinking water and electricity, the lives of these poor people have now become miserable.
After the Maoists, we are now the victims of the government’s utter negligence. While, the red fear forced us to flee from our own lands to the district headquarters town, lack of basic facilities here has left us in a state of negligence. Earlier, we were used to get employment in our native villages under MGNREGS , rice and other essential commodities under Public Distribution System(PDS), old men and women were given old age pensions and kids were going to nearby schools but we have been deprived of all these here, said former Gompakonda sarpanch Mukka Podiami in a choked voice.
Most of the time we stay in huger as there is nothing to feed the stomach in absence of either any employment opportunities. Deprived of getting the Rs.2@kg rice has made it tough tasks for us two arrange two square meals in a day. The kids and the old men & women are the worst sufferers. We have been moved from pillars to the post but to no affect, he said with tear in his eyes.
We don’t want either to be killed by the Maoists or a part of their anti-national activities and for this we left our villages, said 42- year old Singa Kamrami whose mother Srimati Kamrami and brother Kamrami Ganga were killed mercilessly by the rebels at Metaguda village last year for theirs no fault. Poverty has also forced many of the villagers to leave for Andhra Pradesh in search of employment there.
Government has not extended any assistance to us so far. We have constructed the make shift houses on our own with the little money that was left with us while fleeing the home turfs, said another victim Padiaram Padiami who lost his father Bhima Padiami at Batanwada village of Matteru panchyat under Podia police limits in 2009. We want you take our grievance to the Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik who can help us and Odisha Legislative assembly where the issue can be raised , said the Maoist victims in tear eyes to this OdishaDiary Senior Editor when the later visited the make shift houses recently.
While, these tribal Maoist victims are struggling hard for their survival, let the Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik ensure that last hope of these tribal’s is not lost by discharging his governments responsibility in providing justice to the victims at least on humanitarian grounds.
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