Vikash Sharma

Disenchanted with the Maoist ideology, two Area Committee Members (ACM) of the outlawed organisation surrendered in the Malkangiri district. They have been identified as Kadti Hura alias Samir and Ganga Kartami alias Ganga.

Both the ultras had joined the banned CPI (Maoist) party in the Kistaram and Konta areas under the South Bastar region in Chhattisgarh in the year 2001.

As per reports, Samir was promoted to the rank of ACM in 2004 and was given charge of the supply team. In the year 2014, he left the party due to ill health and again joined the RPC/DAKMS in 2022 and was working as president of DAKMS in his village Burkulanka. He has actively participated in many Naxal activities.

Similarly, Ganga was promoted to the rank of ACM in 2012. Both Samir and Ganga returned to the mainstream after surrendering before DIG (South-western) Charan Singh Meena on Friday.

In the past five years, more than 22 active Maoist cadres and hundreds of active militias/Maoist sympathizers have surrendered in Malkangiri District.

“Malkangiri district has registered a sharp decline in Maoist activities due to the efforts of the Odisha Police and security forces in the past few years. Several ultras and sympathisers have also surrendered before the police,” said Meena.

Senior officials said that both Samir and Ganga revealed that a few local/active Maoist cadres are also willing to surrender and join the mainstream. However, they are not being allowed to surrender by the senior Maoist leaders, who are threatening to kill them and their family members.

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