BERHAMPUR: A hard core Maoist, Jayob Majhi alias Bulu surrendered before police at Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district on Wednesday.

He surrendered before the Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP), Sanjeev Arora. He was involved in several incidents of violence. He hailed from Raiganda village under Adaba police station in Rayagada district. He was part of the Basadara division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) party which is active in Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Ganjam districts of south Orissa. But Majhi was involved in Maoist activities in Adaba area of Gajapati district and Brahmanigaon area of Kandhamal district.

He was involved in several cases of attack on forest beat houses, landmine explosions aimed at police personnel, torching of Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) buses etc. He was part of the naxal team that blasted forest beat house at Paniganda. As per his confessions he was involved in the landmine attack targeted at a police vehicle at Andhari Ghat near Adaba on February 16, 2009. Luckily the blast was slightly mistimed and no one was killed. But thirteen police personnel were injured.

The Gajapati SP said this Maoist had preferred to leave the violent fold as he felt he was being exploited by the seniors. Majhi alleged that the seniors of Maoist organisation perpetrated violence on innocents and common people without showing any regard for the ideology and path which they used for propaganda. Majhi was a close associate of another top Maoist leader of south Orissa, Ghasiram Majhi alias Akash. Ghasiram along with his wife Jharana had surrendered along with their three-year-old daughter in Rayagada district last year. His surrender had also some impact on the minds of Majhi.

Mr. Arora said the surrendered naxal has also revealed about the dichotomy of life style of leaders and lower cadres in the naxal outfit. As per Majhi they were usually exploited by the seniors and even were not getting good food, while the seniors in the outfit had a life style quite contrary to their high sounding rhetoric, the SP said.