Malkangiri: As many as 295 active Militias, Village Committee Members, Sympathisers and members of Gana Natya Sangha both male and female, of villages Dhakadpadar, Dabuguda, Taber and Arlingpada of Jantri GP (Cut-off area) under Jodambo PS of Malkangiri district surrendered before Police & district administration of Malkangiri at Jantri BSF COB.
These surrendered villagers were involved in several exchanges of fire, arson cases, civilian killings, hoisting of black flags instead of national flag, burning of vehicles, boycotting MLA, MP elections, supply of food and logistics to Maoists, passing of information about the movement of security forces, threatening and assaulting of innocent tribals to leave their native villages, land, household articles and domestic animals on the plea of police informer confessed that they were misled by the Maoists to be indulged in violence.
Being encouraged by the surrender of local militias on June 2 and seeing the development works by the government in the area, they decided to join the mainstream and lead a peaceful life.
They exhibited their opposition to the Maoist ideology by burning the dress materials of Maoists & gave slogans “Maobadi Murdabad”.
The surrendered villagers performed Dhemsa (local folk dance) at the camp. A grand feast was organized by the police and administration on the occasion for them.
The district administration also distributed job cards and pension cards and police distributed sports equipments to the surrendered villagers today.
Earlier on June 2, a total of 50 active militias of the Cut-off area, which is one of the most Maoist-infested areas of the country had surrounded before the Odisha DGP.
The State Police and Malkangiri administration also appealed to the rest of the Maoists to join the mainstream and lead a peaceful life.