Lakshmi Devi, sister of Maoist leader Nagireddy Panduranga Reddy alias Sagar alias Pratap, surrendered along with her husband before the police here on Wednesday.

Producing the two extremists to the media here, Markapur Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Samay Jan Rao said the couple, Mahesh alias Bhim Singh alias Bhagat Singh (36) and Lakshmi Devi (30) decided to join the mainstream keeping in view the future of their two daughters.

The police officer said the duo, natives of Ardhaveedu, were working in the Nallamalla Forest Division Committee in 2002 before shifting to Mahabubnagar district. They fled to Madhya Pradesh facing the heat from the police after the Atchampet encounter in Mahabubnagar district in 2006 which left eight naxalites dead. No cases were pending against the duo, experts in bamboo cutting, he added. It may be noted that all the members of Sagar dalam, who had allegedly masterminded the bid on the lives of former Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu and N. Janardhan Reddy, were in the thick of the extremist movement.