MALKANGIRI:Five Maoist cadres surrendered before the Malkangiri police here on Thursday. The cadres - Subba Madkami, Kawasi Madkami, Bhime Madhi, Soma Podiami and Dabe Madkami - said they decided to quit the CPI (Maoist) outfit after realising that the Red Rebels are deviating from their ideology and exploiting poor tribals. They belong to different villages in Kalimela area of the district.
Informing this to mediapersons, SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said out of the five, State Government has announced Rs 1 lakh reward each for Subba and Soma.
A native of Potteru village under Motu police limits, Subba was an armed cadre of the local organising squad (LOS) operating in cut-off region under CPI (Maoist) Malkangiri-Koraput-Visakha Border division. He had joined the outfit in 2007 and is suspected to be involved in 23 cases of Maoist violence including burning of EVM machines at Jodamba during General Elections in 2014.
Kawasi was a militia member since 2004 and Bhime Madhi was an armed cadre of Kalimela LOS and Central Reorganisation Committee (CRC) since 2006. Natives of Badtekguda village under Kalimela police limits, both were involved in a series of crimes. While Kawasi was involved in killing of two persons here last year and attack on a BSF camp in MPV-21 area, Bhime - a woman cadre - is wanted in Maoist attack in Damanjodi, Palur ambush in Koraput and Alampeka ambush in Chitrakonda. Dabe too is a resident of Badtekguda and was working as the secretary of Biplabi Mahila Sangha under Kalimela LOS.
Soma, similarly, is a native of Santekguda village under Kalimela police limits. She was involved in two murders and Kanaguda ambush in 2012.
“The five decided to lay down arms as they realised that the Maoists had deviated from their original ideology and working against the poor and tribal people,” the SP said.