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Top Maoist leader lays down arms in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

In a major setback to the movement in Odisha, one of its top leaders, Kunu Dehury, today surrendered before police in Sambalpur, a senior police officer said.

Dehury, who was carrying a hefty reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, laid down his arms before SP Sanjeev Arora this morning as he was disillusioned with the ideology, of police (DGP) R P Sharma said.

"The leader's surrender will certainly affect the Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundergarh unit of the outfit," he said.

Dehury had joined the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre of (MCC-I) in 2002 and was elevated to the level of in 2015.

"The case would be examined as per the existing surrender and rehabilitation scheme of the state government," the DGP told reporters here.

He had spearheaded at least 51 attacks - 42 in Sambalpur, 5 in Rourkela and 4 in Deogarh - over the past few years.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:00 IST