Malkangiri: Once considered to be the Headquarter of AOBSZC of CPI(Maoist), the Swabhiman Anchal (Cut-off area) from Jantri to Ralegada under Malkangiri district was the stronghold of the banned outfit for more than two decades.
The Maoists opposed celebrations of days of national importance by hoisting black flags. Hoisting of the Tricolour and other programes were not allowed even in government office premises. The Maoists resort to widespread violence on these occasions. The situation in Mahupadar-Temurupally axis (Tulasi axis) was also same.
But, due to strong conviction and commitment of the Government, police and administration the scenario has changed in Swabhiman Anchal.
Several security camps were established in the remotest parts of Swabhiman anchal and Mahupadar axis and massive operations were conducted. Several development projects were launched by the government including roads, cell phone towers, ambulance service etc.
The Maoists gradually lost their ground and had to vacate these area. As the locals were happy with the government welfare programmes 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.
Responding to the appeal of Government to observe “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav”, the locals of Swabhiman anchal and Mahupadar axis are wholeheartedly participating in the celebration of India’s 76th Independence Day.
They are voluntarily hoisting Indian National flag at their home, and organizing Tiranga rallies. National flags were hoisted at all the schools and offices, houses, boats in these area including remotest villages like Jantri, Ralegada, Sarukabandh for the first time in the last 3 decades, which are situated adjacent to AP border.
The local people are voluntarily celebrating “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” and even coming to the security camps to encourage the jawans.