Maoist operative surrenders

Rourkela: A woman Maoist operative, who was a section commander of the banned outfit, surrendered before the police at Bisra in Odisha’s Sundargarh district today, the police said.

Sapna Honahoga (19), a native of Baliva village in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhnad, surrendered after being an active Maoist cadre for over four years, said Inspector In-Charge of Bisra police station Susant K Das.

“She had joined the organisation in 2011 after being influenced by Nepali and Raju who are in jail,” he said adding, Sapna decided to give up arms and return to the social mainstream as she realised the ultras had deviated from the Maoist ideology and indulged in exploiting others.

She became an armed cadre within a short span and rose to the level of section commander, Das said adding, she was heading a group of more than 15 persons and remained active in the Saranda forest area.

In September, 2014 she was involved in a gun battle with the police near Renjda under K Balang Police Station jurisdiction. Most of the cases against her were registered in Jharkhand, the police said.

Interestingly, her mother Palo was still an active armed member of the organisation, they added.