"The natives of various villages, including Thuthi Amba, Tepar Toli, Awrapali and Kathal Dand under Aara police station area on Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border, recently held a meeting in which they decided to assist the security personnel to curb Maoist activities," Jashpur Superintendent of Police J S Meena said on Tuesday.

The villagers said that they decided to help the security agencies against the Naxals, as they were fed up of the brutal activities like thrashing villagers, extortion, assaulting women allegedly done by the cadres of Peoples' Liberation Front of India (PLFI), which is active in the region.
Ten days ago, the rebels had brutally assaulted a villager without any reason and also molested a few women, the villagers said.
According to Meena, the ultras also thwarted several government projects in the area, following which enraged villagers refused to help rebels under any circumstances.
On January 24, with the help of these villagers, a police team succeeded in recovering a collection of some daily-use items belonging to the naxals from the region, though they managed to flee from the spot, he said.

According to the officer, Maoists of PLFI, a banned naxal outfit active in Gumla district, works under the supervision of Budhram in Aara police station region of Chhattisgarh. They also extort money from the villagers and kidnap women and children.
According to police, security in the region has been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident amid growing resentment among the villagers against naxals.


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