On this occasion, the people of Swabhiman Anchal (earlier known as cut-off area) in Odisha's Malkangiri district also celebrated the Day with pomp and enthusiasm.
In a first, a group of people in the region were seen flying the National Flag on top of a Maoist memorial to celebrate ‘Azadi ka amrit Mahotsav’ as part of the completion of 75 years of Independence of the country.
Residents of Darlabeda, Khajuriguda, Bihanguda, and Dhuliput--the villages, once considered to be the hotbed of Maoist activities and operating centre of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of CPI(Maoist)-- hoisted the tricolour at the memorials of Maoist leaders.
In the past, the banned extremist outfit always opposed the celebration of Independence Day and Republic Day and would instead hoist a black flag. Hoisting of the Tricolour and other events were not allowed even on government office premises in the cut off area of the tribal dominant district.
However, things have changed by virtue of the combined effort of the State government and security forces - both state police and central forces.