Kothagudem Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt these activists decided to quit the outfit as they were unable to bear the harassment of the party leadership.
Lack of strong leadership among insurgents, absence of young leaders, reduction in recruitment, deaths and illnesses due to Covid-19 and initiatives encouraging surrenders are seen as major factors.
Sodi Muya, secretary of the Kerlapal Area Committee, decided to surrender after realizing the hollow anti-development and anti-tribal ideology of Maoists, said Sunil Sharma, Sukma SP.
Brahma Naidu had stopped his bike to read a poster put up by rebels calling to observe September 13 as Political Prisoners' Rights Day. Sources say the explosives were set up to injure cops.
A police vehicle with 11 personnel in it was blown up by the Maoists in the Nawhatta police station area in 2003.
According to the CP, Seetharam Reddy hails from Chinthiryala village of Aswapuram mandal of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district.
Over a hundred Maoists who had surrendered during the past one year under the campaign 'Lon Varratu' called themselves blessed to celebrate Rakshabandhan.
Tribals no longer believe Maoists and their slogans, which seem ridiculous to them, Andhra Pradesh DGP Gautam Sawang said.
There are just 20 active Maoists from Odisha as of now and they are desperately trying to recruit local cadres, said sources.
After surrendering, Kanti Mallick said she was disillusioned by the discriminatory behaviour of senior Maoist leaders who preferred Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh cadres over local tribals.
The district police led by Pallava reached the spot to lend the helping hand to the injured in reaching the hospital.
Meanwhile, the forces are continuing search operations along the Telangana border to nab the escaped Maoists.
Aitu Korsa alias Surjan of Mankeli village joined the left-wing extremist group CPI (Maoist) at the age of 14, in 2012, and has since been involved in several firing cases and IED blasts.
According to district SP Sunil Dutt, the police recovered one 303 rifle and two kits from the dead person.
They have been identified as Vinod alias Maniram Boga (32) and his wife Kavita alias Satto Kovachi (33), residents of Botezari in Gadchiroli.