As part of Odisha government’s rehabilitation package for surrendered Maoists, Rs. 1 lakh was released to Laxmidhar Nayak alias Gundadhul, ex-Commandar of Udanti-Raighar-Sinapali border area committee of ultras, who had surrendered before the police last year.

Superintendent of police, Nabarangpur, Brajesh Rai said he handed Rs 50,000 to Nayak in Nabarangpur on Friday while an equal amount was deposited in a joint-bank account.

In the last fiscal, Rs 1.5 lakh was deposited in the account jointly operated by Nayak and the SP, Nabarangpur, which would be released to Laxmidhar after verification of his conduct over a period of time, he said.

Mr. Rai further said that more financial incentives would be provided to him for purchase of land, construction of house and for his marriage.

Laxmidhar was a close associate of Kartik, divisional secretary, Lalita and Jani Salm, both active members of Manpur Divisional Committee of Chhattisgarh under which Udanti-Raighar-Sinapali border Area Committee operates.

All the operations by the Maoist in Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts in Odisha were being executed by the Area Committee of which Laxmidhar was the Commander.

Laxmidhar belonged to Erikbuta village under Pakanjhar police station of Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. However, he was operating in Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts bordering Chhattisgarh.

At the time of surrender, Laxmidhar was assured that he would be rehabilitated as per the guidelines and package of the Government.