Hardcore Maoist surrenders before Odisha Police

Pulbani: A hardcore Maoist surrendered before Odisha police in the presence of Southern division IG Jai Narayan Pankaj and Kandhamal SP Shubhendu Kumar Patra today.

The surrendered Maoist has been identified as Samay Madkam, a member of the Divisional Committee Member (DCM) of Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) Division.

According to police, Madkam joined the Kistaram Area Committee, Sitanadi LOS, Udanti LOS, Mainpur LGS, Dharmabandhan Platoon in Nuapada-Chhattisgarh border, 8th Company in KKBN Division in 2005 and now surrendered as the Commander of 1st platoon in 8th company of the division.

Madkam is involved in a series of offences and violent activities against the State. There are at least 17 number of cases against him in Kandhamal, Boudh and Nuapada districts. He is also likely to have more such cases in the bordering state of Chhattisgarh.

Below is the list reasons why Madkam left the Maoist group:

  1. The appeal of Surrender & Rehabilitation policy in Odisha coupled with the developmental initiatives influenced him to give up the path of violence and to join the mainstream society.
  2. Increase in regular Anti Maoist operations in interior areas of Kandhamal and multiple exchanges of fire in Boudh and Kandhamal districts. This continuous fear of police action contributed to his surrender.
  3. He got disillusioned with the behavior of Senior Leaders in party who always subjected the subordinate cadres to both mental and physical harassment.Many female cadres were sexually exploited by the senior cadres.
  4. Establishment of new SF (security force) camps in interior area of Kandhamal district obstructed their movements and activities.
  5. Their regular movement in the tough, tedious and irregular terrain of the forest in Kandhamal district discouraged him further to leave the party.
  6. He did not approve collection of money from Cannabis (Ganja) traffickers and peddlers to sustain Maoist activities.
  7. He was disillusioned by the disruption in polling processes and targeting of election personnel during past elections.

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