57 Maoist sympathisers shun violence; join mainstream

Malkangiri: Continuing their surrender spree, 57 Maoist supporters, including 25 women, gave up violence and joined the social mainstream after meeting Malkangiri SDPO at Poteru police outpost in the district today.

All of them belong to Tamuda village under Kalimela police limits in the district.“The surrendered rebels include 11 militia members and two village committee members”, Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said.

The Maoist supporters were working for Kalimela Dalam division of CPI (Maoist), Mohapatra said, adding they will be rehabilitated as per surrender and rehabilitation policy of the Government.

Notably, 19 Maoist sympathizers had surrendered before police yesterday. Among them, five were militias, three Village Committee members and two members of Chetana Natya Mandali. They were members of Darwa division of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) and are residents of Khatopadar village under Katranapalli panchayat.

On March 5, about 150 Maoist supporters surrendered en masse before SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra, SDPO M Sandeep Sampad and 202 CoBRA Battalion Deputy Commandant Pawan Kumar. They included 13 militia members, 12 village committee members and two Gana Natya members of the outfit from Temrupalli, Pujariguda and Kukurkunda villages under Mathili police limits. A day later, 39 Maoist supporters from Tembrupalli village under Mathili police limits surrendered before the the SP.