Malkangiri: Maoists Friday released the workers along with two launch boats that they had restrained in the cut-off area near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district since Tuesday. Though the workers were freed by the Maoists, they are still in fear.
The Maoists also put up banners on the launch boat while releasing them. Reportedly, Chitrakonda police have seized the banners that were put on display. The Maoists in a public gathering cited that the reason behind the detention was to press the administration to release water from the reservoirs.
Earlier, the Maoists had allegedly sent audio tapes to convey their message about Gurupriya bridge and the release of water from the reservoir as the water that overflowed into the agricultural fields damaged the crops.
Throwing a serious challenge to security forces, the rebels frequently organize public gatherings in the district.