Almost a month after Maoists belonging to the CPI (Maoists) cadres kidnapped a minor tribal boy from Gollaguppa village of Yetapaka mandal in East Godavari district, his parents and villagers mustered courage and reported the matter to police on Monday.
“The parents along with the villagers of Gollaguppa came to Yetapaka police station and lodged a complaint regarding the kidnapping of their minor son and a case has been registered and investigation has been started,” said a police official.
Incidentally, the minor boy was taken away after the Maoists threatened his parents and villagers as well, warning them not to report to police.
According to police, the Maoists are coercing the villagers to provide them with food and other essentials, burdening their own livelihood.
“In fact Gutti Koya tribes from Chattisgarh took asylum in AP reserve forest areas because of fear of Maoists. However, they are still facing the same problems from the Maoists here also and unable to get a solution for their problem,” he said.
Shocked by the abduction, the boy’s parents and the villagers are demanding his immediate release from the clutches of the maoists.
Several migrant tribals from Chattisgarh and Odisha are living in the reserve forest areas of Yetapaka, Kunavaram, V. R. Puram and Chinturu sub division of the district, along AP border and eking out a living doing slash and burn cultivation (podu).
However, police observed that the banned CPI (Maoist) party members have been exploiting the innocent Gutti Koya tribals for their selfish benefits and recruiting them in different dalams.
“On many occasions, the newly recruited tribals are coming out from those dalams, realizing that exploitation they have undergone. Because of this kind of situation no Gutti Koya tribe is willing to join in the dalams,” he highlighted.
Recently, 10 tribals from Yetapaka and Chinturu mandals gave up naxalism and surrendered to police.
“In order to overcome this scenario, the CPI (Maoists) have been recruiting minor tribal youth by using force or threatening or kidnapping,” he added.
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