Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Mar 13:
Maoist sympathizers of Odisha continued their surrender spree on the third day today. As many as 57 supporters including 25 women today surrendered before the police in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
As per information provided by Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, the Maoist supporters today gave up arms before Malkangiri SDPO Madkar Sandeep Sampat.
“57 Maoist supporters of Kalimela and Padia Dalam units of Maoists today surrendered at Kalimela police station. There are 11 militia members and two village committee members among them. The remaining are people who supported the Maoists as progress never reached them,” said Mohapatra speaking to reporters.
“We will rehabilitate them under the surrender and rehabilitation policy of Odisha Government and take necessary steps to ensure the welfare policies of the government reach them,” he added.
Notably, 19 Maoist sympathisers had surrendered before Malkangiri SDPO yesterday.
The day before yesterday, 19 more Maoist sympathisers had surrendered before Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, a woman cadre Maoist Muli Munda had surrendered before the Bonai Additional SP in Sundargarh district and 56 Maoist supporters had surrendered in neighbouring Chhattisgarh out of which 17 belonged to Odisha.
Overall, 315 Maoist supporters including militia members have surrendered in the past week itself.