Tricolour Hoisted In Swabhiman Anchal Villages Of Odisha’s Malkangiri After 3 Decades

Malkangiri: The people of Swabhiman Anchal and Mahupadar, once considered hotbed of the Maoists, in Odisha’s Malkangiri district celebrated “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” as part of the celebration of 76th Independence Day.

They voluntarily hoisted National Flag at their homes and organised Tiranga rallies. National Flags were hoisted at all schools, offices, houses and boats in these areas including remote villages like Jantri, Ralegada and Sarukabandh, which are situated adjacent to Anahdra Pradesh border, for the first time in 3 decades, according to a BSF release.

The Swabhiman Anchal (cut-off area) from Jantri to Ralegada was the stronghold of the banned outfit for more than 2 decades until things changed due to continuous efforts of government administration and security forces.

The Maoists used to oppose celebration of Independence Day and Republic Day by hoisting black flags. Hoisting of the Tricolour and other programmes were not allowed even in government offices. Instead, the Maoists resorted to widespread violence on these occasions. The situation in Mahupadar-Temurupally axis (Tulasi axis) was also same.

Due to strong conviction and commitment of the government, police and administration, initiatives were taken in terms of security and development in the areas. Several security camps were established in remotest parts of Swabhiman anchal and Mahupadar axis and massive operations were conducted continuously by police. Several development projects were launched by the government including roads, cell phone towers, ambulance service etc. Several welfare schemes were also launched by the government including distribution of smart phones to the local villagers.

With these steps, the Maoists gradually lost their ground and had to vacate these area. As the locals tasted the benefits of government welfare programs and felt a sense of safety due to efforts of police, they are now disenchanted towards the Maoist ideology and supporting the government by joining the mainstream.

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