Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said that three of them were active members of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist while the others were Maoist militia members.

“Some of the surrendered rebels were involved in crimes like looting explosives from crusher units, triggering blasts at cell phone towers and extortion,” he said.

The Maoists are active in more than half of Odisha's 30 districts. The district of Malkangiri is considered their stronghold.


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