Malkangiri: A top Maoist leader, Sanyasi Pujari (35), area commander of Paplur Maoist Dalam surrendered before the police in Odisha's Malkangiri district on Wednesday. Pujari surrendered after spending 11 years in Maoist activities, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Anirudh Singh said.

Soon after surrendering before the SP, Pujari told reporters that he decided to quit Maoist activities due to ill-treatment and discrimination by the ultra leaders, particularly those belonging to other states like Andhra Pradesh.

"I was thoroughly disillusioned. Therefore, I decided to return to the social mainstream," Pujari said. Moreover, the red rebels have deviated from Maoist ideology and were indulging in indiscriminate violence, he said.

The SP said the Maoist would be provided with benefits in accordance with the government policy laid down for Maoists surrendering and laying down arms.