Samarji’s aide surrenders before Odisha Police

Rourkela: Two hardcore Maoists including a close aide of Anmol Hembram alias Samarji, area head of Dakshin Chhotagpur Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist), on Tuesday surrendered before the police here.
 
The duo had a long track record in the outlawed outfit and had actively participated in almost all major Naxal activities in the Odisha-Jharkhand border area.
 
Jadurai Soy alias Chamra Soy, 36 and Bijay Honhaga alias Rakesh, 30, surrendered before Himansu Lal, SP Rourkela.
 
"Both are armed cadre and were occupying high position in the organisation," the SP said adding Soy was the second in command of Platoon-22 in Saranda jungle.
 
"He was a close associate of Anmol Hembram alias Samarji the area head of Dakshin Chhotagpur Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist). Similarly Honhaga was the secretary of Jan Militia Squad/Atmraksha Dal, of Saranda forest and president of Krantikari Kishan Committee," the SP said.
 
The duo have confessed that they were lured to join the organisation by Samarji in 2005. They revealed that the Maoists of Saranda forest under the leadership of Samarji had been involved in the killing of innocent tribals after falsely accusing them of being police informers.
 
Besides, the duo told the police that Maoists were also involved in extortion from industrialists, businessmen and contractors. Frequent bandh call, economic blockade are part of Maoist strategy to disrupt normal life, Lal said.
 
Besides, armed senior cadres were also harassing the women cadres both mentally and sexually.
 
"This is a big breakthrough for us. With today's surrender, seven Maoists have surrendered this year. Though the duo belonged to Jharkhand, they would be entitled to get benefits of rehabilitation scheme implemented by Odisha government," Lal said adding the two have over 11 cases registered against them under different police stations.
 
The charges against them included murder, arson, planting and blasting of land mines.