Berhampur, Oct 30 (LocalWire): Police put up posters of Maoist leaders and announced rewards if they surrender.
The photos and names of 22 ultras, including 14 female cadres, belonging to members of the divisional and area committee members of the Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh division of outlawed CPI (Maoist), have been stuck in several areas, mainly Maoist-infested areas on Tuesday afternoon.
The state government promised rewards ranging from Rs one lakh to Rs five lakh as well as other benefits included in the government’s surrender policy if the Maoist leaders surrender before the police.
If people from the district inform police about the whereabouts of the Maoist leaders, they, too, will be rewarded.
The names of the informers will not be disclosed.
‘We had put up such posters earlier too. Main objective of putting up these posters is to appeal to the Maoists to return to the mainstream and to give up the path of violence,’ said SP Kandhamal, Prateek Singh.
One who voluntarily surrenders before the police, he/she will get all the government benefits, according to the policy along with the reward money, he said.
At the same time, police also warned that they would take a tough stand against the Maoists, who are involved in violence and create law and order problem in the district.
The anti-Maoist operations would be continued in the Maoist-infested areas of the district to clamp down the rebels, police added.
Putting up posters including those of top Maoist leaders assumed significance as their movement in the district is reportedly frequent.
Though the Maoists have not indulged in any major violent incidents recently, they proved their presence by blocking roads and putting up Maoist posters in different places time and again.