Maoist area commander surrenders with daughters

Bhubaneswar, Aug 10: An area commander of Communist Party of India-Maoist Wednesday surrendered before police in Orissa along with his two rebel daughters, official said.

Mina Palaka, 40, who surrendered before the superintendent of police at the district headquarters town of Rayagada, about 400 km from here, was an active Maoist leader since past 11 years.

He was involved in more than ten cases, including the murder of two civilians, in blasts, extortions and attack on police stations, superintendent of police Anoop Krishna told IANS.

He was a close associate of Sabyasachi Panda, state’s most wanted Maoist leader and was moving with his group in the districts of Rayagada Kandhmal and Gajapati, he said.

His two daughters Saraswati Palaka, 16, and Laxmi Palaka, 18, were also involved in Maoists activities since past seven and eight years, he said.

They surrendered because they wanted to abjure violence and decided to lead a normal life, the official said. Police will provide them necessary help and support as per law, he said.

IANS