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Encounter fear drives 10 ‘Maoists’ into police lap

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Malkangiri,Oct 8:

Apprehending police encounter, at least 10 ‘Maoists’, including a woman cadre, on Tuesday surrendered before the police in Malkangiri district, police said.

The ‘Maoists’, against whom charges including murder, loot and arson were pending, deserted their camps apparently after realizing that they could be killed in police encounter if they did not dissociate with the ultras, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said quoting them.

Besides, they were also fed up with the ill treatment meted out by cadres from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the camps and were waiting for an opportunity to escape, he said.

While nine of the surrendered ‘Maoists’ were militia members, the lone woman was a member of the cultural troupe ‘Jana Natya Dalam’ of Maoists, Singh said, adding they belonged to Raligada and Tekguda villages in the inaccessible cut-off area of Balimela reservoir.

Those who surrendered were identified as Puyu Jgara, Pullu Pangi, Rangana Butari, Mathlingam Butari, Prasad Rao Kusangi, Hota Itte, Chinabadi Ettangi, Ramna Thamarbi, Sahadeb Thamarbi, Ramarao Duri and Kokli Golari, he said. (PTI)