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18 tribal villages ban naxals' entry

18 tribal villages ban naxals' entry

Author: Our Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: May 14, 2002

In a significant development, which should bring relief to the Adilabad police, elders of 18 tribal villages in Asifabad police station limits have passed a resolution banning the entry of the outlawed People's War Group naxals into the villages.

The important development comes in the wake of the successful counselling sessions held by the district police, more particularly the Kagaznagar sub-division police officials, after visiting the naxal stronghold villages and interact with them. On Sunday, the tribal elders of these villages sat down, held a meeting and decided to prevent the entry of the naxals into their villages. The locals were directed not to provide food or shelter to extremists as they had used the tribals for their selfish ends.

The elders who held the meeting took an oath in front of the tribal deity to ban naxals as they were responsible for the backwardness of the remote hamlets and villages. The tribals were unanimous in their opinion that because of the frequent movement of naxals the police and Government officials never ventured into the interior villages. Thereafter, a resolution was passed in each of the 18 villages and copies of the resolution passed by tribals leaders were forwarded to the Asifabad police on Monday.

The villages which passed the resolution were Nagulagondi, Balanpur, Bandguda, Chopanguda, Chilkaguda, Konanmovad, Chintaguda, Suddaghat, Vadiloddi, Aliguda, Goganmovad, Movad, Siryanmovad, Santulagundam, Tokkiguda, Toyaguda, Tiryanmovad and Nayakapuguda.

The 18 villages which took the extreme step had been in the grip of the naxals of the Mangi squad area, which was later bifurcated into the Jodeghat and Gopera Local Guerrilla squads.

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