BERHAMPUR: A Maoist cadre Toofan Sahu (19) alias Mithun surrendered before the Ganjam SP at Chhatrapur on Thursday.
Toofan was a close associate of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda and belonged to Gangapur village under Badagada police limits.
SP Rajesh Pandit said Toofan worked with the Gumusar division and Bansadhara division of the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit.
He added that the cadre surrendered after he found the outfit deviating from the ideology. “Exploitation of cadres by the leaders was the primary reason which forced Toofan to quit the outfit,” the SP said.
PRIEST FOUND DEAD
Partha Nayak (35), a priest of Radhagobinda Goudiya Matha at Madanmohonpur under Golonthara police limits, was on Thursday found dead on the Matha premises. While the murder took place on Wednesday night, it came to light after opening of the Matha on Thursday morning and Partha was found in a pool of blood.
The body bore multiple injury marks. A case has been registered.