Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Naxal couple surrender

The Naxal couple, Akash and his wife Jharana of Ghumsar division in Rayagada district, surrendered before police on Monday

Express News Service First Published : 09 Jun 2009 03:26:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

RAYAGADA: Even as the Naxalites struck last night, two of their top members laid down arms on Monday. One of them, Ghasiram Majhi alias Akash, was commander of Ghumsar division. He and his wife Jharana were involved in major Naxal attacks in the State including the Nayagarh massacre. He is close to Sabyasachi Panda, Orissa State Committee secretary of CPI(Maoist). The couple surrendered along with their one-year-old child before Rayagada SP Ashish Singh here today.

Akash and wife Jharana alias Pratima Mutika belong to Gudari in Rayagada district. Akash was considered No.4 in the rank among the Oriya leaders after Sabyasachi, Azad and Basant, the SP said. Ghasiram was called Akash in Bansadhara Divisional Committee, Dora in Ghumsar Division and Divakar Mallik in Nayagarh.

There are more than 48 cases in all the districts against him. His wife is also involved in the crimes with him and is No. 2. Akash told mediapersons about his involvement in different incidents but said the Lakshamananda Saraswati killing was not discussed. There was just an order to execute it. Differences are quite common in such organisations but there was review of each incident.

He said they surrendered because they found that the ideals for which they embraced Naxalism failed to fulfil the objectives even after 10 to 12 years.

The problems rather increased. This led to disillusionment.

Citing an example, he said land problem could not be solved in the region. Asked about the killing of BJD leader Jajati Sahoo, Akash said a person who surrendered should not have been killed.

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