Malkangiri, Sep 25: In a major setback to Maoists insurgency in the district, 88 Maoists supporters have surrendered before police today. With this the number of surrendering supporters rose to 800 in this month alone. This could be indication of Maoists losing their base in the district, which once was known for their dominance.
Following the surrendering spree among the supporters in the districts, the Maoists outfit called for 12-bandh today. Police have tightened the security in the district to check violence during the bandh. And, the security forces in the district have been intensified their combing operation after busting a gun-making factory this month. The District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel killed three hardcore Maoists, including kingpin involved in the assassination of V C Shukla in Chhattisgarh, at Bhejaguda forest on September 19.
Recently surrenders supporters belong to Badaliguda village under Kalimela police. It is noteworthy that around 800 Maoists supports have surrendered so far in the district. On September 18, more than 375 supporters had surrendered before police after marching on road and on more than 200 supporters surrendered on September 11.
The Maoist supporters have alleged that the rebels groups and its leaders have been killing innocent people and deviated from the main ideology. They also alleged the leaders of exploiting villagers and treating them as slaves.
In last one month around 123 militias have also surrender before police. Maoists opposing the surrendering spree of the villagers before police called 12 hours bandh in the district. The Maoists outfit circulated posters in Kalimelam area threatening death sentence for three persons. The outfit blamed police of lifting innocent villagers branding them as Maoists supports.
The Maoists outfit blamed the state government over its failure in providing rehabilitation to earlier surrenders sympathizers. However, the anti-naxal operations in the district have been successful in the district, reacting to this the Maoists groups called bandh.
According to reports, the bandh called by Maoists has crippled normal life in many parts of the district. Many commuters have been stranded following cease of vehicle ply. Educational institutions, officers, commercial establishment were shut down in the district.