Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Top Maoist leader lays down arms in Rayagada

7 Jul 2009, 0414 hrs IST, TNN



KORAPUT: At least three Maoists, including a rebel leader, surrendered before the police in Rayagada district on Monday. They confessed of having
been involved in the 2006 attacks in R Udaigiri and in the 2008 attack in Nayagarh.

The three rebels, who are in their late 20s, have been identified as Trinath Sambrutika alias Raju, commander of Chandrapur Dalam of Bansadhara division, A Prakash Kimbaka and Krishna Kuduruka. Police said the rebels had joined the movement in 2001. While Sambrutika was a Maoist leader, the others were cadres.

Rayagada SP Asish Kumar Singh said, "The trio has admitted to their involvement in a series of attacks in Rayagada, Gajapati and Nayagarh districts. After they realized that the Maoists movement has lost its meaning and was no longer a people's movement, they decided to put down arms and and join the mainstream."

He further said, "They will be duly rehabilitated. We hope this will encourage more rebels to surrender in the coming days."

On June 9, a Maoist couple, identified as Ghasiram Majhi alias Akash and his wife, had surrendered before the Rayagada police. Akash was second in the rank after Maosit leader Sabyasachi Panda in Orissa.

The arrest of 18 rebels and seizure of huge cache of ammunition in less than three months in the Maoist-dominated areas have come as a major boost to police in Rayagada, which is one of the worst-hit districts in Orissa.

On April 21, police arrested 40 year-old commander of Bansadhara divison P Rama Rao alias Shyam alias Uday. During interrogation, Udaya confessed of his involvement in the killing of Swami Laxmananda Swaraswati in August 2008 and also admitted that he had masterminded the attacks in R Udaygiri and Nayagarh.

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