Six hardcore Maoists surrendered in the State on Saturday.
Five of them surrendered in Rayagada district while another Pitambar Tudu surrendered in Jajpur district. Tudu was involved in several cases of violence in Kalinganagar area of Jajpur district.
The five Maoists who surrendered in Rayagada district were members of the Kondabaredi Dalam of the Srikakulam-Koraput division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). One among them was Tripati Mutika (28), an area commander of Kondabaredi Dalam. It may be noted that Kondabaredi Dalam is active in south Orissa, especially in Rayagada district.
The other Maoists who surrendered in Rayagada district were Patika Chiranjeevi (26), Patika Gouri (30), Lachhana Nimala (29) and Kundingi Ganapati (29). All of them hailed from Srirampur village under Gothalpadar panchayat in Gunupur police station area of Rayagada district.
These Maoists surrendered before Deputy Inspector General (DIG), south-west range Soumendra Priyadarshi and Rayagada Superintendent of Police (SP), Anup Krishna at the district police headquarter. These Maoists also surrendered three guns and a landmine.
They were involved in several cases of Maoist violence in Rayagada district. They were also involved in the landmine blast near Gothalpadar on Aug 11, 2002 targeted at a police team on its way to the village to investigate a Maoist killing. Seven persons including six personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and an assistant driver of Rayagada district police had been killed.
Making public statement after surrender, these Maoists claimed that they had decided to part ways with the violent outfit as they realised that the CPI (Maoist) party and its leaders had deviated from their claimed objective and were involved in corrupt, violent anti-social activities. So, they decided to surrender before police and start a new leaf of life.
These surrenders come after surrender of three hardcore Maoists in Gajapati district of south Orissa during earlier this week. Two hardcore Maoists of Basadara Dalam, Nou Majhi and Mausa Majhi had surrendered before police in Paralakhemundi of Gajapati district on Thursday. Two days before that another Maoist Naresh Muthamajhi of same Dalam had surrendered.