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Malkangiri Abduction: Maoists release All 11 Villagers

Malkangiri, April 17: In a huge relief to the families of the 11 villagers, who were abducted by the Maoists from Kartanpalli village under Mathili Panchayat in Malkangiri, all safely returned to their homes.

Following the appeal by the Zilla Adivasi Sangha, the abducted villagers including former Mathili samiti chairman Trinath Bhumiya were released yesterday.

The Adivasi sangha had requested the rebels to set them free as they were all innocent. They were released on a condition that they will not work as the police informer.

The Praja court held by the rebels on Wednesday night had decided to free the hostages. The reports said that some the abducted were beaten up by the red rebels for their mistakes in the Praja court.

First five villagers were released, later the remaining abducted people returned to home.

A total of 11 villagers including Trinath Bhumiya, Mangu Durua Barha, Jaduram Bhumiya, Dambu Bhumiya, Sanyasi Bhumiya, Ganga Bhumiya, Dasharath Bhumiya, were abducted from Kartanpalli on Monday night.

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