Odisha

Lady Armed Cadre Maoist Surrenders Before Rourkela Police, CRPF

**Rourkela:** A woman armed cadre Maoist, identified as Palo Honhanga, surrendered on Monday (October 31) before the Rourkela Police and 19 BN CRPF. She was carrying a reward amount of Rs 1 lakh on her head as had been announced by the Odisha Government earlier.

Palo of Baliba village under Chhotanagara police limits in West Singhbhum district in adjacent Jharkhand was forcibly picked up by a lady Maoist named Rekha (cultural secretary of the outfit) and inducted her into the fold under the leadership of Chaman in 2012. She was working in Kolhan area of Chaibasa in Jharkhand, police sources said.

“She left the Maoist organisation and offered her surrender due to disillusionment with the Maoist ideology as the ultras have been involved in mindless killing of innocent Adivasis in the name of police informers. They exploit ladies, minors and innocent tribal people in their activities and force them to join the outfit. Palo was promised money in the Maoist organisation but did not receive any. The rehabilitation programme of Odisha Government attracted her following which she surrendered,” said Subash Chandra Jamadar, Additional SP, Rourkela to media.

Notably, her daughter Sapna alias Muni had surrendered before Rourkela Police on September 9, 2015, but she was not involved in any of the cases with Odisha Police.

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