The government’s latest demonetisation decision seem to be making a strong impact in left-wing extremism affected states, with 564 Maoists and their sympathisers surrendering before the authorities in the last 28 days, the highest number in a month ever. Their ability to procure weapons and other essentials have been badly hit due to demonetisation.
Out of 564, officials say that 469 Maoists and their sympathisers have surrendered before the authorities since November 8 alone. More than 70% of the surrenders have happened in Malkangiri district in Odisha, where Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds killed 23 Maoists in an encounter last month.
Since 2011, till November 15 this year, the total number of Maoist surrenders+ stand at 3,766, according to the home ministry data. In 2016 alone, 1,399 Maoists have surrendered, highest in the last six years.