Fifteen supporters of controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) surrendered at Narayanpatna police station on Friday.

According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Y.Jagannath Rao, all these persons were from Bhaliaput, the village of leader of CMAS, Nachika Linga, which according to him was a welcome sign. These CMAS supporters reached the Naryanpatna police station to surrender and promised its inspector in charge that they would no more be involved in violent activities of the CMAS or the Maoists. They were also irked by the fact that due to pressure of the CMAS they were not able to avail the benefits of developmental schemes of the government for the poor and tribal people.

These surrendered CMAS supporters also informed that many more CMAS supporters from other villages of Narayanpatna block were also interested to surrender before the police to part ways with the violent activities of the CMAS and lead normal life.

It may be noted that on January 4, a hardcore armed Maoist cadre, Nachika Chamara alias Samara, who was a close associate of Nachika Linga had surrendered before Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP), Awinash Kumar.

Koraput district police has offered Nachika Linga and other youths who were part of the CMAS to surrender and start normal life. As per the SP, the surrendering CMAS activists would be facilitated to restart their life that include support to start a family, education to them and their family members, and help for self employment for leading independent life.