Visakhapatnam: Twelve active members of the banned CPI (Maoist) surrendered at Chintapalle in Vizag Agency on 5 December. With this a total of 32 militia members have surrendered before the police in the Vizag Agency in the past few weeks.

The surrendered militia members belonged to Pathrudigunta of the Galikonda area, Panasalabanda, Akuluru, and Ramagadda.

The Chintapalle ASP, Vidhya Sagar Naidu, said the militia members have become vexed with the barbaric acts of the Maoists such as branding people as informers and killing them based on mere speculation. He also said that the militia and the people have realised that Maoist activity in the area is impeding development. They have also seen that the police department is conducting various community-centric activities along with the civic action programmes of the CRPF in the area, the ASP further said.

The militia members said they were coerced by the Maoists and that in many villages across the Agency area, people are working for the Maoists due to death threats and not of their own will. The villages have been traditionally strongholds of Maoists and important crossing points for them. Surrender of militia from those areas, particularly during PLGA week, is surely an indication of the diminishing strength of the Maoist party in the Chintapalli sub-division.

In November, 13 militia members surrendered in Chintapalli. Now, with 12 members surrendering in the first week of December, so far 25 members have surrendered in the last 30 days in Chintapalli, a big blow to the Maoist party in the area.

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