Rourkela, September 15 (LocalWire): An active member of Sundergarh, Sambalpur and Deogarh division of the CPI (Maoist), 20-year-old Mangal Singh Munda alias Allinder surrendered before the Odisha police on Saturday.
Speaking to the media, Rourkela superintendent of police (SP) K Siva Subramani said that Munda offered to surrender after week-long combing operation in the Kelo reserve forest area.
“He is a hardcore cadre and was carrying a self-loading rifle (SLR). He was an active Area Committee Member of the Sundergarh, Sambalpur, and Deogarh division of the CPI (Maoist). He also worked as the bodyguard of CPI (Maoist) central committee member Mihir Besra,” Subramani said.
The division is led by Anmol, one of the most feared names amongst the Maoist cadres.
Munda, a native of Jharkhand, was abducted from his home in 2007 and was inducted into the organisation at the age of eight.
He was abducted by Kishore of Kundan Puhan and was sent to Kolhan in Saranda, which is considered a safe haven for the Maoists due to its thick forest cover, and was trained under Prasant and Sandeep.
“He kept on moving around Bundu, Chandil, Kolhan and nearby areas till 2012, and entered Sundergarh in 2013 with Anmol and started his operation. He is involved in many cases,” the SP informed, adding that he was involved in exchange of fire with the security forces in Deogarh, Sundergarh, Sambalpur and Angul areas, where his division was active.
He also has cases registered against him at Gurnndia, KBalang, Handapa, and Purunakote police stations.
“However, increasing pressure due to heavy movement of security forces leading to the constant threat to his life and also disillusionment with the organisation compelled him to quit extremism and join the social mainstream,” Subramani stated.
Sources said that Munda will get all government benefits as per the surrender policy of Odisha.