Top Maoist leader surrenders in Odisha

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Sambalpur: A top Maoist leader Kunu Dehury, who had Rs four lakh reward on her head, surrendered before Sambalpur Police on Friday.

He surrendered before Sambalpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Arora today after losing faith in the ideology of the CPI (Maoist) organisation as well as the dwindling support base as a result of intensive operations by the security forces.

According to police sources, Kunu had joined the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCC-I) in the year 2002 and had been elevated to the level of Divisional Committee Secretary (DCS) in the year 2015.

Kunu, a resident of Tamparsingha village under Jujumura police station in Sambalpur district worked as a Divisional Committee Secretary (DCS) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation. He was active with the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundergarh (SDS) Division of the group and had spearheaded at least 51 attacks (42 in Sambalpur district, 5 in Rourkela and 4 in Deogarh).

“Kunu’s case would be examined as per the existing Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme of the State Government,” assured the DGP informing on the surrender at a press conference.

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