Odishatv Bureau

Malkangiri: Frustrated over the violent activities of Maoists, more than 50 sympathisers of the banned outfit surrendered before police here today.

The supporters of the outlawed outfit gave up arms and joined the mainstream after meeting SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.

They all belong to Kukurkunda village under Mathili police limits, Mohapatra said. They will be rehabilitated as per government norms, he added.

With this, more than 1500 Maoist supporters have already shunned violence in last four months.

On March 21, 200 sympathisers of the CPI (Maoist) surrendered before the Malkangiri superintendent of police (SP).

The surrendered rebel supporters are residents of Lulei, Keranjaba, Dutibata and Kadabhatta villages under Mathili police limits in the district, SP Mitrbhanu Mohapatra had said.

On March 13, 57 Maoist sympathisers, including 25 women, of Mathili area had surrendered before police while hundreds of such people had returned to mainstream the next day.

Similarly, 19 Maoist supporters, including five militia members, had given up arms on March 12. They belong to Khatuapadar village under Mathili police limits.

Likewise, another 19 residents of Malkangiri working for the extremists outfit shunned violence on March 11 while 56 others, among whom 17 were from Malkangiri district, had surrendered before Chhatisgarh police the same day.

Over 140 rebel sympathisers had also surrendered before Malkangiri SP on March 5.