In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic jeopardising the top Maoist leadership in the country, three rebel leaders, including two women, surrendered before Odisha DGP Abhay on Sunday.
BHUBANESWAR: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic jeopardising the top Maoist leadership in the country, three rebel leaders, including two women, surrendered beforeOdisha
DGP Abhay on Sunday.
Talse Huika, an area committee member (ACM) carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh , laid down her arms before Abhay during the top cop’s visit to Koraput district.Rame Podiamia
, also an ACM, andRaidhar Dhurua
, a party member, surrendered before the DGP in Malkangiri. This is the first time that theMaoists
have surrendered before a DGP in the last two years. They usually do so before SPs.
“Among the main reasons for their surrender were the frequent appeals by chief minister Naveen Patnaik to join the mainstream, attractive surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government, better healthcare and education facilities and misconduct or ill-treatment by their seniors,” Abhay told media persons. Sources said the growing differences between theOdia
leaders was another reason for their exit from the outlawed outfit.
Police said Huika, who belonged to theNarayanpatna
area of Koraput district, was inducted into the CPI (Maoist) outfit in 2012. At that time she was asked to perform in Jana Natya Mandali, which is the cultural troupe of the Maoists. She was only 13 then.
She was given military training and was armed with a .303 rifle when she was still a juvenile. After getting promoted to the rank of the ACM in 2015, she was given an INSAS rifle, and made to work in the Pedabailu area committee up to May 2021.
She was then transferred to the Boipariguda area committee. She was part of five attacks on security forces, along with several other Maoist-triggered incidents of violence, in Malkangiri and Koraput.
Podiami, who had joined the Maoists in 2000, was promoted to the rank of the ACM in 2005 and started carrying the .303 rifle since then. Though she belonged to Malkangiri, her area of operation was Chhattisgarh.Podiami
was carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head