A hardcore woman Maoist cadre today surrendered in Rayagada district alleging harassment and torture at the hand of Maoists, particularly by the red rebels from Chhatisgarh.
Police said Manita Kumrika alias Kumari of Jamba village had joined the Maoists in 2005 and working as self-styled deputy commandant in Gajapati and Rayagada area under the leadership of Azad, one of the most wanted Naxalites.
An active member of 'Jangidi Dalam', off-shoot of the 'Bansadhara Dalam' outfit of left-wing ultras, Manita had been
operating in Rayagada district, police said.
Surrendering before the superintendent of Police Anup Krishna here, she claimed to have making up mind to shun the
path of violence due to 'harassment and excesses' by the Maoists from Chhatisgarh who have spread their base to Orissa
following crack-down in the neighbouring state, police said.
Manita alleged the ultras had recently raped a tribal girl in Chandrapur area of the district.
She further informed that the ultras from Chhatisgarh were dominating the 'Oriya Maoists' in the district and indulging in various unlawful activities donning police and CRPF fatigues.