Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Mar 7:
Barely two days after 225 Maoist sympathisers surrendered before police here, at least forty more supporters of the Reds followed the suit and surrendered before the Odisha police in Malkangiri today.
The villagers from Kirimiti village surrendered before Mathili police this morning in the presence of Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.
It may be recalled that 225 Maoist sympathisers, including 13 militia commanders of CPI (Maoist), 13 village committee members and two Jana Natya Mandali members, surrendered before police at the district police headquarters on Saturday.
The villagers surrendered to police in the presence of Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, SDPO Sandeep Madkar Sawant, BSF Assistant Commandant GS Gill and other police personnel.
The recent spate of surrenders is seen as a major blow to the Maoist movement in the district which is considered as a hotbed of the ultras.