Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 5:
In a major blow to the Maoist movement in the state, hundreds of Red sympathizers, including six militia commanders of the CPI (Maoist), today surrendered before police in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
The Maoist sympathizers surrendered before Mathili police in the district this morning. The villagers belong to Kukurkundi, Pujariguda and Tengurpalli villages.
According to sources, over 150 Maoist sympathizers are expected to surrender before the police today. While over 100 villagers surrendered before police to join the mainstream, several others are expected to surrender today.
The villagers surrendered before Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, SDPO and other personnel.
Darbha Divisional Committee of the outlawed group is active in the region as Chhattisgarh police have intensified their operation against the Maoists in the recent times. Similarly, the Odisha police have also stepped up combing operation in the affected districts, sources said.
The villagers surrendered before the police out of fear of the Maoists, they added.
The villagers will be provided assistance in line with government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy and we would provide them all necessary assistance, police said.