Fearing the spread of Covid-19 among Maoist cadres, three hard core Maoist rebels surrendered before DGP Abhay at the Malkangiri SP office on Sunday.
The DGP was on a one-day visit to the district when the three Red Rebels including two women Maoist comrades- Rame Podiami alias Sabita, an area committee member (ACM) and Pallachalam LOS (local organisation squad) Commander and Raidhar Dhurua, working as PM and Secretary of Daldali Cell surrendered before the Odisha Police today morning.
Sabita carried a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh while Raidhar had Rs 1 lakh, respectively on their heads, said reports.
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"Many members of our party have been infected with Coronavirus while many other have died. I was scared and therefore surrendered before the Odisha Police. Besides, I was attracted by the Odisha government's surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Maoists," said Sabita following surrender.
"Rame Podiami@Sabita, ACM & Pallachalam LOS Commander being dissatisfied with the Maoist leadership and attracted by the S&R policy of Govt of Odisha surrendered before DGP Odisha at Malkangiri," said the Odisha Police in a series of tweets.
"Raidhar Dhurua, PM and Secretary Daldali Cell also surrendered before DGP Odisha at Malkangiri. These surrenders will motivate others to surrender and join the mainstream" added the State Police in another tweet.
Speaking to reporters on the surrender of the two Maoist cadres, Abhay said, "The issue of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) has considerably declined in the cut-off area of Malkangiri district and security camps are also being set up here. The surrender and rehabilitation policy of the State Government has helped significantly. Continuous efforts are being made to bring the Maoists to the mainstream. We welcome the decision of the two Maoists who surrendered today," the DGP added.
The DGP further appealed the Maoists to shun violence and come forward to surrender. All should join hands for furthering the developmental initiatives of the government, stated Abhay.
Earlier in the morning, DGP Abhay visited Sunabeda in Koraput district and reviewed the anti-Maoist operations and discussed LWE issue with Intelligence Director, IG Operations, IG Border Security Force (BSF), IG Headquarters and Koraput SP.
Later, Abhay also visited Temurpalli Company Operation Base (COB) of BSF in Malkangiri and interacted with the officers and men of the force. He also appreciated the good work being done by the BSF in the State.