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Orissa Maoist who killed Hindu leader surrenders with wife
Published on 23 Jul. 2009 1:41 AM IST
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A Maoist allegedly involved in dozens of crimes, including the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, Wednesday surrendered to police with his wife in Orissa, police said. Surendra Brekedda, 20, and his wife Jaya Ruppy, 19, both members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrendered before the police in the southern district of Rayagada, 390 km from here. "They were involved in dozens of crimes. They surrendered to join the mainstream because they said Maoists have drifted from their ideology," Superintendent of Police Ashish Kumar Singh told IANS by phone. "Surendra told police that he was involved in the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati," Singh said. Saraswati and four of his associates were shot dead by a group of assailants Aug 23 last year in Kandhamal district. The murders triggered widespread communal violence in the state and left at least 38 people dead. "He also told police that he was involved in the attack in state's Nayagarh town in February last year, in which at least 14 people, including 13 policemen, were killed," Singh said, adding that his wife Jaya was not involved in these crimes. "She was involved in other crimes. The couple told police that they will lead a normal life now," he said. "Surendra was a member of a core committee of the Bansadhara division which was carrying out major operations," Singh said. "We will investigate about their involvements in all the cases." Surendra and Jaya joined the CPI-Maoist some time in 2003 and they got married only last year. Maoist guerrillas, who claim to be fighting for the cause of the poor, are active in more than half of the state's 30 districts.

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