200 Maoist sympathizers surrender in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: In yet another jolt to the Maoists, about 200 sympathisers of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) on Monday surrendered before the Malkangiri superintendent of police (SP) here.

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

Frustrated over the Maoist activities, they decided to shun violence and join mainstream, police said adding they will be rehabilitated as per government norms.

With these, over 550 rebel sympathisers have already surrendered in the district this month.

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.