Rayagada: Two hardcore Maoists surrendered to the police in Odisha`s Rayagada district on Friday.
The two, Rama Mandingi (19) and Nabisha Sirika (16) of Andhra Pradesh, surrendered as they wanted to return to social mainstream, Rayagada Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit told reporters here.
The two were part of the Odisha Border Zonal Committee of CPI(Maoist) and were indulging in offences like extortion from businessmen and traders in Koraput, Rayagada and other districts, he said.
Following differences within the Maoist cadre, the two gradually got disillusioned and decided to return to the mainstream, police sources said.
The Maoists were also attracted by the government`s rehabilitation policy and package, they added.