Keonjhar (Orissa): Five minor girl Maoists,
including one allegedly involved in murders, surrendered to
the police in Orissa`s Keonjhar district on Thursday, police said.
The rebels, belonging to the Kalinganagar division of
CPI(Moaist) and hailing from Keonjhar district, put down their
arms in the presence of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of
Police Yashwant Jethwa here.
Among them was was the deputy commander of CPI(Maoist)
Kalinganagar division Shanti Soy (16), considered to be close
to the secretary of the outfit`s divisional committee Sushil
alias Basant, the police said.
The Maoist girls said harassment by seniors and
frustration at the Maoists failure to work for uplift of
tribals made them take the decision to surrender.
Shanti, who had joined the Maoists two years ago, was
involved in two murders besides in an attack on a police
station at Daitary. The young ultras had played active roles
in unleashing terror in Baitarani river basin area in Keonjhar
and Mayurbhanj districts, the police said.
Most of them were involved in torching of forest beat
houses inside Similipal national park, superintendent of
police Asish Kumar Singh said.
The girls handed over a pistol, a country made gun and
some live cartridges to the police.