Reported by Ranjan Rath
Koraput, Nov 23:
Two women Maoists surrendered before the police in Odisha’s Koraput district this afternoon.
Briefing newsmen after their surrender, IG, south-western range Yashwant Jethwa said the two women Maoists, decided to surrender after being disillusioned by the anti tribal activities of Naxals and realizing the futility of the armed struggle.
“The recent surrender of Nachika Linga also encouraged them to join the mainstream,” he added.
Jethwa said Sirma was an armed cadre of the Koraput Division of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) and was operating in Narayanpatna area while Laxmi Huika was the president of Biplabi Mahila Sangha, a frontal organization of Koraput Division of AOBSZC.
Sirme joined the CPI (Maoist) as a cadre in 2009. After completing armed training in Atmakonda forest area under Narayanpatna police station, she became a regular member of headquarters team of the Koraput Division and started operating under Aruna. She was involved in the exchange of fire with the security personnel in Turli area on December 24, 2010, the attack on CISF personnel at Nalco on April 12, 2009 and and the exchange of fire in Samna forest on May 8, 2010, the IG said.
“In May this year, she was attached to Nachika Linga by the head of the Koraput Division. The Odisha government had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head,” Jethwa said.
On the other hand, Laxmi had joined the Koraput Division of the CPI (Maoist) in 2009. She was inducted as a member of Jana Natya Mandalam (JNM) and worked under Sarita alias Seikh Jahnvee. Later she was entrusted with independent work and appointed as president of Biplabi Mahila Sangha, a frontal organisation of CPI (Maoist) of Koraput Division, in 2011.
“Her role is suspected in the attack on CISF personnel at Nalco on April 12, 2009 and the attack on Narayanpatna police station on November 20 the same year,” Jethwa said, adding that their case is being recommended for rehabilitation under the surrender policy of the Odisha government.