A Maoist Sisu Mallik (35) surrendered before Kandhamal Superintendent of Police (SP) Jayanarayan Pankaj on Tuesday.

According to Mr. Pankaj, the surrendered Maoist was a close associate of Sabyasachi Panda, who has now formed Odisha Maoist Party (OMP) after his expulsion from CPI (Maoist) organisation.

Sisu served as the link between Sabysachi and Nachika Linga, the head of controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Narayanpatna block in Koraput district.

Sabyasachi was using Sisu to be in regular touch with Nachika Linga.

It may be noted that as per the police records Nachika was a Maoist commander who was wanted by the police of both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It was suspected that after formation of OMP, Sabyasachi wanted to get support of CMAS and its leader for his new outfit.

According to Sisu he was planning to surrender since past two months. Several cadres in the Sabysachi’s outfit OMP were also planning to surrender and lead normal life.

According to him now there were only 16 to 17 persons in Sabysachi’s group. Sisu’s surrender and plans of others to surrender hinted at diminishing clout and fear of Sabysachi. Earlier cadres of Sabysachi group did not dare to surrender due to fear of violent retaliatory action by the Leftist miscreants group.

Although Sisu has not confessed about his involvement in cases of violence yet investigation was on to find out his involvements, said the SP. Sisu hailed from Hatimunda village under Brahmanigaon police station limits of Kandhamal district.

Around four years ago he had joined the Maoists through Krishna who headed the Ghumusar division of Maoists while Sabyasachi was at that time the secretary of the Odisha State Organising Committee (OSOC) of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation.

Sisu had also undergone two months training in Maoist guerrilla warfare inside Bahabanga forest near Kandhamal-Ganjam district border. He used to spend time both in the Maoist camp as well as outside.

He had good knowledge of medicine and could administer intravenous fluids and injections. So, at times he was used to treat patients in Sabysachi’s camp.

While outside, apart from being link of Sabysachi with other Maoists and Maoist sympathisers he also was the scrutiniser for persons wanting to meet Sabyasachi. he persons wanting to meet Sabyasachi had to contact him and they were allowed to meet the extremist leader only after thorough screening by Sisu.

Sisu served as the link between Sabysachi and Nachika Linga, the head of controversial tribal organisation CMAS