The much-touted Gram Sabhas could not be held in the interior rural pockets of Maoist-infested areas in Koraput and Malkangiri districts on Wednesday due to threat from the Red rebels, sources said. The Gram Sabhas were not held at many panchayats of Lamataput block in Koraput district on the very first day as the Maoists protested the meetings by issuing posters at the venues.
The villagers of a few panchayats under Narayanpatna block of Koraput district didn’t come to the meeting of Gram Sabha as the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) had issued a boycott notice at the meeting places earlier. The block and panchayat officials returned from the places being afraid of any mishap due to the CMAS boycott notice. Similarly, the Gram Sabhas were suspended at Gamhakonda under Kalimela police station limits in Malkangiri district due to threat from the Maoists.
The meetings were suspended at 27 places of eight panchayats in the district. It may be noted that Palli Sabhas were organised at various villages from October 2 to 12. Due to threat from the Maoists, the Palli Sabhas could not be held at 129 villages including 37 villages in Koraput and 92 villages in Malkangiri districts, where the State Government has announced to hold them again if the people of the area agree.