Odisha: Maoists abduct 4 poll officials in Malkangiri

The Maoists also ordered that all developmental works underway in blocks and panchayats be stopped.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Updated: January 13, 2017 4:50 pm
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Barely a month before the three-tier panchayat polls in the state are to be held, Maoists are reported to have abducted four officials in charge of elections and a villager from a remote area in the Maoist-dominated Malkangiri district Friday morning.

Five local officials had on January 11 gone to Panasput panchayat in a stretch of 150-odd villages bordering Andhra Pradesh but cut off from Odisha mainand by Balimela reservoir, for receiving nomination papers of the candidates contesting different posts in panchayat polls.  The polls are slated to be held between February 13 and 21.

Odisha home secretary Asit Tripathy said junior engineer Kaminikanta Singh and panchayat extension officers Purusottam Behera, Lingaraj Majhi, Prabin Soren and Hrusikesh Nayak had gone to Pansaput panchayat on January 11. “They were supposed to return on January 18 after the nomination and scrutiny process. They were last contacted on Thursday 5.30 pm over mobile phone. But there is a rumour in that area they may have been abducted. They were supposed to inform every evening. If we don’t get to hear from them this evening, we will take further course of action,” said Tripathy. The home secretary said DGP KB Singh has been asked to confirm.

A local villager Manoranjan Sisa, too, was abducted along with the officials.

Majhi, who is in-charge of Jantri panchayat’s election process, reportedly escaped abduction as he had gone to a river for morning ablutions when Maoists arrived at his office. He ram off as he was tipped off by villagers.

Early this week, the CPI (Maoist) Malkangiri Divisional Committee has threatened the tribals to neither contest in the polls nor cast votes. The Maoists through posters had warned the tribals that anybody found doing so would be “sentenced to death” in people’s court. The posters also threatened to slice off thumbs of those who would vote. The Maoists also ordered that all developmental works underway in blocks and panchayats be stopped.

In 2012 panchayat polls, Maoists had put up their candidates in Malkangiri and a majority of them had won unopposed. The Maoist front of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, which has a considerable presence in Kalimela block, managed to get eight panchayat samiti members elected unopposed. However, a few months months later, Maoists forced around 63 panchayat members to resign on various grounds. The resignations were rejected as they did not bear signatures.

In April 2015, over 20 Maoists from Chhattisgarh had abducted 11 people, including a former chairman of panchayat samiti from Mathili block of Malkangiri district. However, they were released a day later following a praja court allowed so.

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  1. A
    Jan 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm
    is it hindu jehadisgt;?
    1. D
      Jan 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm
      They must not be Maoist but Congress out to defame Demonetisation!
      1. H
        Jan 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm
        Bharatiya Danga Party wants to throw India in a conflict with Muslim army of Nuclear stan and Huge ant army of Nuclear China, yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, with hungry BSF Jawans and preventing them to go to social media for compliments, proud to be beef eater Dangai kiran jijuju, crazy joker Dangai manoher nana Patekar, after selling BSF Jawans food to the black market at half price, with a gun on people's head, after taking all their money and disposing of its own money. That's how BDP roll, so gangsta. PM Modi then wants to jump to a podium and do name calling and mudslinging. Yes Ofcourse but with a small caveat though, he want to do this with his signature bizzare hand gestures. Biggest name calla and biggest mud slinga. He then wants to seize all black money, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, he wants to do this by short cut of demonetisation. Biggest hoax pulla. PM Modi then wants to pour cow mutra down people's throat and apply cow gober on people's face for best shade results. He then wants people to buy patanjali product only using digital transaction, yes Ofcourse with a small caveat though, with a gun on people's head.
        1. M
          Jan 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm
          demonetization effects of feku .
          1. Mahender Goriganti
            Jan 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm
            Probably arranged with the help of IE con Journos for selfies and photo op and news headlines deal.
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