A week after Maoist frontal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh(CMAS) leader Nachika Linga announced and then called off his scheduled overgrounding, Maoist in Koraput district have urged the tribals to disown his plan of joining electoral politics.
In a signed two page letter written in Odia and released last night, Daya and Aruna, secretaries of Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee and Narayanpatna Anchalika Committee of the Maoists respectively, termed Nachika’s surrender move as ‘drama’ that would serve his own interests at the cost of larger interests of the Maoist-hit block.
“During 2012 poll, During 2012 panchayat poll, school and mass education minister Rabi Nanda, Koraput MP Jayram Pangi, MLAs Jhina Hikaka and Raghuram Padal had signed on a 10-point charter of demands.But BJD has not fulfilled any one of the demands. In next poll, Nachika has demanded BJD ticket for Laxmipur. He has weakened the agitation by telling people that they would get facilties by going the electoral way. Without caring for people’s problem, Nachika has demanded withdrawl of cases against him,” the Maoists alleged in the letter.
The 42-year-old Nachika started CMAS in Narayanpatna block and has more than 50 cases of Maoist violence against him. He shot to prominence in Apri 2012 when he helped the Maoists abduct BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka when he was returning home at night. He has been underground after he allegedly led an attack on police in 2009. He was supposed to surrender at Balipeta village before hundreds of his tribal supporters on March 11. However, with large number of BSF and local policemen lurking in the background, Nachika did not turn up at the meeting.
Nachika became prominent in 2006, when under his leadership CMAS captured some 50 acres of non-tribal land in the Podapadar gram panchayat of Narayanpatna block. He was sentenced to imprisonment, charged with several cases including one of being a Maoist. He was acquitted of all charges in 2008. But he was back in police crosshairs when he allegedly led led over 1,000 tribals under the banner of CMAS to attack Narayanpatna police station in November 2009. Two tribals were killed in the ensuing police firing. After that he went underground.
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In 2009, Maoists wanted to turn Narayanpatna into Orissa’s Lalgarh with active help from Nachika.
Early this month he sent feelers to some activists that he wanted to surrender and fight from Laxmipur assembly constituency as an independent candidate.
But Nachika’s plan may come cropper with Maoists now looking for an opportunity to kill him for his act of betrayal. “Our party gifted the land agitation to Nachika. When the battle was on, Nachika supported BJD in 2012 panchayat polls without caring for the peoples’ agitation.
In Narayanpatna block, all sarpanch and zilla parishad candidate Zuro Mouka were elected. But till date, block chairman Malti Tada and other sarpanch in 9 grampanchayts are yet to be seen. Zuro Mouka has now become the don of Damanjodi,” the Maoists wrote in the letter.
The Maoists also urged the tribals to boycot the assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Koraput scheduld to be held on April 10. “All tribals, Dalits and unemployed youths are agitating for food, clothes, shelter and problems of farmers. However, no political party has ever done anything for them. Time has come to give suitable reply to such fraud politicians by boycotting polls,” the letter said.
Police officials in Koraput said Nachika’s plans of surrender at a local court on March 11 would have saved him. “The letter from Maoists as good as a death warrant for him. If he delays his surrender, he would be of no use to the next government. The police and the Maoists would then be too eager to kill him,” the official said.