The Maoists have taken away at least 200 villagers of Sukma district today morning. According to Sukma SP D Sravan, they were working on a road construction project near Marenga village as labourers when a group of Maoists came to them and asked them not to undertake such works. “They have taken them and their relatives away,” Shravan said, adding that “such situations are usual here. Naxals should release these villagers by evening.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Dantewada today. Maoists have opposed his visit and called for a bandh in South Bastar on Friday. The spot these villagers were working is around 80 km from Dantewada. Maoists often ask villagers to come with them, instruct them about their ideology, urge them to oppose the government.
Earlier, Modi interacted with students of various schools in an auditorium of Education City of Dantewada and urged them to take up different professions like sports and do not get limited to careers like “doctor, IIT and babu.”
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