Eighty-seven members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) of Bargir village under Narayanapatna police station surrendered before the local police on Tuesday.
Police said the CMAS members were instrumental in many Maoist-related violence incidents and wanted by police.
They decided to to shun violence and join the mainstream as they were frustrated with the increasing Maoist activities in their area.
“While keeping away from our family members and society, we were spending many sleepless nights without any food deep inside the forests,” one of them said.
The lifestyle maintained by the surrendered members who had quit the CMAS earlier encouraged them to follow suit.
Sources said so far, around 2000 CMAS members have surrendered before police in Narayanpatna and Bandhugam areas of the district.
Deprived of Government facilities and due to the sustained police operations against them have certainly forced the activists to dissociate with the CMAS and Maoists, the police said.