Maoist leader surrenders before police in Odisha, claims he witnessed incidents of rape
A Maoist leader surrendered before the Odisha police on Saturday in protest against the alleged involvement of rebel leaders in the rape of women in tribal areas.
Malkangiri: A Maoist leader surrendered before the Odisha police on Saturday in protest against the alleged involvement of rebel leaders in the rape of women in tribal areas of the state, police said.
Digambar Poddar, who carried a reward of Rs one lakh on his head for his involvement in several crimes including murder, surrendered before the Malkangiri superintendent of police Jagmohan Meena.
Meena said Digambar alias Prahlad had joined the Maoists in 2013. "He surrendered before the police after seeing immoral activities of some Maoist leaders. He said he saw one senior cadre raping women in the cut-off area at gun point. The leader had been assaulting and killing people at will," the SP said.
Digambar left the party opposing these activities, the SP said adding that he will be given a lump sum financial assistance to purchase homestead land, funds to pursue studies and for vocational training.
During the 24 years on the run, Sankar Biswal worked as a daily wage labourer in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Surat and Kerala
The case was filed under IPC sections 420, 195A, 294, 509, 341, 120B and 34 among others according to the police officials
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a consummate politician, knows all too well that the last two years in the run up to the 2024 elections are crucial and that is why he has started the preparations well in advance