Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Top Maoists surrender before police in Rayagada

By Santanu Barad
Last updated: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 10:50:15 GMT

Bhubaneswar (Orissa) : In a major set back to Sabyasachi Panda led Bansadhara Division of the outlawed CPI (Maoists), a rebel couple on Wednesday surrendered before the State police.

Significantly, the surrender came few minutes after the rebel outfit started State wide shut down protesting price hike and national wide ban imposed on it.

Quoting reports, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, RP Koche told over phone from Berhampur that 20 year old Surendra Brekedda and his wife Jaya Ruppy(19) were surrendered before Rayagada SP Ashis Kumar Singh early in the day.

The DIG however claimed that the rebel couple, reportedly involved in dozens of crimes including murder and extortion.

Surendra and Jaya joined the outlawed outfit in 2003 and they got married in 2008.

Police sources claimed that Surendra was a member of a core committee of the Bansadhara Division which was carrying out major operations in Southern and South-Western police ranges of the State. He was reportedly very close to Orissa unit chief Sabyasachi.

Meanwhile, bandh call failed to affect normal life in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput, Sundargarh, Kandhamal and Ganjam, police sources said adding vehicular movement was affected in few places.

“No major untoward incident happened so far,” a senior police official said. All police stations under Red Zone have been put on a maximum alert to thwart any attempt by the Maoist rebels to disturb peace, he added.

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