Maoists on surrender spree in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Case I: Two hardcore armed cadres – Jadurai Soy alias Chamara (36) and Bijoy Honhaga alias Rakesh (30), active in Saranda forest in Jharkhand-Odisha border since 2005, surrendered before the Rourkela SP on December 2.

Honhaga was secretary of Jana Militia Squad and president of Krantikari Kissan Committee. Police said, both of them were involved in various Maoist activities in the Jharkhand-Odisha border area since 2005.

Case II: Maoist leader Sabyasachi panda aide Basudev Bhoi surrendered before Kandhamal SP J N Pankaj in Phulbani on December 30.

Hailing from Kandhamal's Kambanaju village, Bhoi had joined Panda’s Odisha Maobadi Party about eight months ago and received gun training in a Maoist camp.

Case III: Nachika Chamara, a member of Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) surrendered before DIG, South Western Range on January 4.

Chamara with 26 cases against him in different police stations, was the bodyguard of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) president Nachika Linga.

If the above cases are anything to go by, the Maoists are on a surrender spree in the Maoist-infested state like Odisha.

The return of top red rebels’ aides to the mainstream, according to analysts indicates ideological differences among them for which the rebel organisations are at the receiving end.

“They are now fed up with the ideology of the Maoist organisations which can be well analysed from the surrender of Chamara in Rourkela,” said an analyst on condition of anonymity adding they wanted a normal and peaceful life like others.

“The enhanced combing operation by the security personnel in the recent past in the Naxal hot beds of the state, have also made their lives more insecure. Gone are those days when dens of the Maoists are considered to be the safest place. Increased access to these pockets in dense forests by the security men has made their life more vulnerable,” said the analyst.

Falling Maoist menace in Odisha was also evident from the DGP's recent statement.

Addressing media persons on the occasion of 5th foundation day of Commissionerate Police DGP Prakash Mishra here had said, “Since Maoist activities have started falling considerably in the state, we are planning to convert part of armed police into civil to strike a balance of the understaffed department.”