RAIPUR: At least 23 tibals, believed to be relatives of two surrendered ultras, were allegedly forced out of their village in Kondagaon district by Naxals who branded them as police informers, a senior officer said today.
"A case has been registered in this connection based on the complaint of the villagers, all natives of Padeli village under Mardpal police station limits (located around 300 km away from the state capital Raipur)," Kondagaon Superintendent of Police JS Watti told PTI.
The tribals, belonging to five families, are believed to be the relatives of two surrendered naxals who of late joined the state police.
In their statement, the victims said that a group of Naxals stormed into their village on April 9 and evicted them from their homes, following which they shifted to another village.
They stated that the ultras accused them of acting as informers for police.
Finally, they arrived at Mardapal police station today to lodge a report in this regard, the SP said.
"They are said to be the relatives of Sampat and Rajman, both residents of Padeli, who had joined the police as auxiliary personnel after quitting the outlawed Naxal movement in 2014," the SP said, adding that this could also be the reason for their eviction.
They all will be provided with accommodation and other facilities at the Kondagaon district headquarter, he added.
Notably, as many as 21 tribal families from different villages of restive Abhujmad region in Narayanpur district had left their homes last month allegedly due to threats issued by Maoists to do so.
Police said the Naxals are "terrorising" other villagers to become their supporters as they are fast losing their support base.