Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Maoist leader turns himself in after attacks

Barely twelve hours after Maoists blew up two police stations and an outpost in Koraput district, a divisional commander of the rebel outfit and his wife on Monday surrendered before the Orissa police.

Ghumusur divisional commander Akash alias Dora alias Ghasiram Majhi and his wife Jharana, who is also a Maoist, surrended before Raygada Superintendent of Police. “He was a very senior member in the Maoist hierarchy of Orissa, next only to Sabyasachi Panda, the chief of the rebels in Orissa,” said Sudhanshu Sarangi, Inspector General of Police (anti-naxal operations).

Akash, a resident of Kharikapadar village in Rayagada district, joined the Maoist ranks seven years ago and rose to become the outfit’s Ghumusar division commander a few years ago. “He was involved in over 12 Maoist attacks in the State including several high-profile attacks but of late he had grown disillusioned with the Maoists. We were in touch with and had been trying to persuade him to surrender,” said a senior police official. Akash will get homestead land and other benefits as per the Orissa government’s surrender police for rebels.

Nearly twelve hours before Akash’s surrender, about 100 Maoists, most of them women, swooped down on Baipariguda and Machhkund police stations and Ramgiri police outpost in Koraput distrct and blown them up. Three ASIs and four newly recruited constables, who were present at the station, were overpowered and taken out of the police station before the Maoists blew it up.

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