Bhawanipatna: A hardcore Maoist cadre, carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head, surrendered before the Kalahandi Police on Tuesday.
The surrendered red rebel has been identified as Ramdas alias Kesab Veladi (27). He was a member of the Raul Area Committee (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh and Nayagarh Division). He was involved in the 2019 torching of machinery at the contractor’s campsites in Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts.
According to the police, Ramdas had joined Gangalur Dalam in Chhatisgarh in 2009 and worked there for a year. He was then transferred to Odisha to work under Maoist leader Jampanna. In 2011, he was shifted to Kharang Nadi area committee as Area Committee Manager and worked there till 2018.
Kalahandi SP Batulla Gangadhar informed that Ramdas was being physically tortured by senior leaders, who opposed development of the interior pockets. “Ramdas wanted to marry a woman cadre but his request was turned down by senior leaders,” the SP added.
Talking to the media, Ramdas said that he lost confidence in Maoist ideology after seeing mental and physical exploitation of women cadre.