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16 Naxals lay down arms

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Express News ServiceFirst Published : 14 Mar 2010 11:09:54 AM IST
PARLAKHEMUNDI: In a boost to anti-Naxal campaign in Orissa, 16 Naxalites involved in several attacks on forest offices, surrendered before the police in Gajapati district on Saturday. Belonging to Basadhara divisional committee of Maoists, they were active in Rayagada, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.

This is for the first time that such a large number of radicals have came forward to surrender before the police. Of the sixteen, eight are hardcore cadres and the rest belong to the militia organisation.

The ultras decided to lay down arms as they were misled, betrayed and exploited by their seniors, district SP Sanjeev Arora said.

Aged between 18 and 35 years, the rebels had joined the Maoists’ group in 2008 and undergone training in various activities, including handling of different weapons.
The ultras were active in southern Orissa, mainly Gajapati district, and involved in several operations, including attacks on forest offices and triggering landmine blast, the SP said, adding that most of them were providing logistic support.
They had joined the rebel group after being promised that welfare of tribals and development of backward areas would be ensured by the Maoists, the SP said. The ultras have also told the police that they were being exploited by their seniors.
“People in interior areas join Naxal organisation either out of fear or motivated by false assurances, but when they realise their mistake, they come forward to surrender,’ the SP said.

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