Sundergarh (Orissa), May 23 (ANI): Maoist groups operating in Sundergarh district of Orissa have terrorised the contractors and businessmen forcing them to stop the development works in the area.
The contractors hailing from the district who are involved in road construction have been living in fear. Most of them are reluctant to come out openly against harassment by the Maoists.
Many workers and daily wage labourers have been forced to leave their places.
“They threatened us not to work. They had earlier sent a same threatening letter. Now they have said that if they see us working at a site then we would be shot. Hence there is no work these days,” said Janardhan, a labourer.
However Prabhandhan Acharya, Inspector General of Police, Orissa said that the police is doing its part to protect the contractors and they have made certain arrests to counter the influx of Maoists into the region.
“No need for the businessmen and contractor to be afraid. We will provide them all protection. Such kinds of incidents are unfortunate to happen but now we are on the job so the businessmen and contractors should not be afraid to do their own work. All police stations have been given more man power and force,” Acharya added.
The Maoists claim that they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and the landless. (ANI)