Wives of CMAS activists demand their release

KORAPUT: As many as 25 women from villages in Maoist-hit Narayanpatna block and their children moved the district administration on Tuesday for the early release of their husbands. They have vowed not to return home till their demand is fulfilled.

The women alleged that as they are associated with the Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), the security personnel have implicated their husbands on false cases leaving the families traumatized. “Four months ago, my husband had gone to Narayanpatna market to buy household articles. The BSF personnel present at Narayanpatna took him with them and later arrested him. My husband does not have any criminal antecedents,” said Siramoyee Mouka, wife of Lal Mouka of Upperdakapadu village.

“Since then we are in great problem. It is difficult for me to run the household with four mouths to feed,” she added. The latest incident has created fresh trouble for the district administration which is already under pressure after the abduction of Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka on Saturday by the Maoists. Release of the jailed CMAS members is one of the several demands put forth by the Maoists for the safe release of the abducted legislator.

After meeting the district collector, the aggrieved women who had come to Koraput from Podapadar, Suregu, Upperdakapadu, Bikrampur, Pachingi and Bhaliput villages are camping on the collectorate premises. “We don’t want the release of our husband’s on bail. We demand the withdrawal of all cases against them. We will not return to our villages till our demand is fulfilled,” the aggrieved women said.

They women folk alleged that all the arrests have been made in past few months after the central forces intensified their anti-Maoist operations in the area. “It is a legal process and the cases are pending in court. We can’t do anything to meet their demands. Only we can try to speed up the cases for its early disposal,” said sub-collector Koraput Ramakanta Naik.

Sources said around 100 CMAS activists are lodged in Koraput jail and in next few days more families of the jailed persons may come to Koraput to pressurize the government for the early release.

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