She was an associate of Sabyasachi
A woman Maoist, Sumitra Mallik (20) alias Sushila, who was an associate of Maoist renegade Sabyasachi Panda, surrendered before Ganjam Superintendent of Police Ashis Kumar Singh at Chatrapur on Friday.
The surrender came two days after five Maoists of Sabyasachi group were killed in an exchange of fire with security personnel in Bhaliagada jungle under Mohana police station in Ganjapati district. Sumitra was part of the Maoist group led by Sabyasachi. She was an armed cadre who was wielding a Self Loading Rifle (SLR). She was involved in several incidents of Maoist violence.
According to the police, she was among the group of Maoists led by Sabyasachi who had attacked the camp site of a construction firm at Merikote under Badagad police station limits in Ganjam district on January 18, 2011. Heavy equipment of the construction firm was torched and damaged by the Naxalites as the construction firm had not bowed down to extortion demands of the Maoist group. She was also alleged to be involved in an ambush in which a security personnel was killed near Kerubadi in Kandhamal district in May 2011.
She hailed from the remote Gilima village of Salimagochha panchayat under Badagad police station.
According to her she had got disillusioned with the violent organisation. She had faced exploitation and torture at the hands Sabyaschi and other senior Maoists of the group. Although she wanted to leave the Maoists, the Maoist leaders were too strict and were not providing any chance to escape. She had at last managed to escape while she was on sentry duty at a camp. She had handed over her weapon to her associate with the plea that she was going to attend the nature’s call and had escaped from the spot.
Some more in line
As per her statement before the police, several other Maoists in Sabyasachi’s group were also interested in leaving the violent path and surrender. The Maoists of Sabyasachi group who are interested in surrendering, according to her, are Potu, Nani, Sabita, Mahesh, Manjula, Pastor, and Todu. It may be noted that Nani’s husband who was also a Maoist cadre had surrendered in Keonjhar district in the past.
After surrender, Sumitra wanted to lead a normal life.
The SP said that she would be rehabilitated.
The Maoist was involved in several incidents of violence She will be rehabilitated: SP
The Maoist was involved in several incidents of violence
She will be rehabilitated: SP