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Kolkata: A woman Maoist leader surrendered before senior police officers at the Paschim Medinipur district police's headquarters in Midnapore town on Friday.
Shobha Mandi alias Uma, who was active in the Jhargram-Belpahari belt of the district, is the second left-wing extremist to lay down arms since the West Bengal Government notified its surrender and rehabilitation policy for Maoists on July 28.
On Thursday, Shobha Karak, a member of the Maoist squad that operated in the Goaltore area and who was also associated with the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee, had surrendered. Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma told The Hindu that Shobha is accused in at least five criminal cases including murder and sedition since 2009.
Mr. Verma said that the Maoist leader had decided to leave the organisation after being allegedly sexual exploited by some senior leaders of the outfit.
According to the police, Shobha hails from the neighbouring Bankura district.
Mr. Verma said that Shobha would be questioned by the police to ascertain if she was involved in any other case and her rehabilitation process would be decided by the committee appointed by the State Government.
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