Bhubaneswar, Jan 06 (Agencies): Five women Maoists, including a local deputy commander, surrendered on Thursday in Orissa's Keonjhar district, police said. All the rebels were below 17 years of age.

The guerrillas laid down their arms before the police in Keonjhar town, the district head quarters of mineral rich Keonjhar district.

“They were members of Kalinga Nagar division committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) and active since 2008. They were involved in several crimes, including two murders, attack on a police station and attack on two liquor shops in the district,” said Superintendent of Police A.K. Singh

Disillusionment with the Maoist ideology and harassment by top rebel leaders were the main reasons for their surrender, he said. They surrendered with several weapons, including two pistols, one country made gun, and few rounds of bullets, he said.