PLGA week on; 2 Maoist cadres surrender in Sundergarh

Rourkela: In a huge setback to Maoists, when the  red rebels are observing the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) week in the Naxal strongholds of the state , two Maoist cadres wanted in connection with several criminal activities surrendered here before Rourkela SP in Sundergarh district on Tuesday, police said.

The ultras have been identified as Jadu Rai and Bijay Sonaga who belong to Jharkhand.

According to a police official, the surrendered duo is believed to be close aides of CPI (Maoist) South Chotanagpur Division leader Samarji.

The development carried significance in the backdrop of the observance of PLGA week which began on Sunday prompting CRPF jawans to beef up security in the Naxal-prone areas of the state including Andhra-Odisha border.

While a chopper has been pressed into service to keep a vigil eye on the movement of Maoists in the dense forests of Koraput district, combing operation is intensified to thwart any possible Maoist attack during the week. Security personnel have been instructed to frisk all vehicles at every entry point of the district.

Night patrolling in the area too has been strengthened after Maoist posters found in the areas few days back urging the special police officers (SPOs) to quit their jobs.

South-west range DIG S Debadatta Singh and Koraput SP Avinash Kumar visited the Maoist-hit areas of Narayanpatna on Tuesday to oversee the combing operation.