Daughter of former Maoist cadre from Odisha to represent India in volley ball tournament

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Report by Kishor Dash; Bhubaneswar: ADDING a new tag to her mother’s identity, the daughter of a former woman cadre Maoist Chelemma in Malkangiri district of Orissa has made it to the under-18 national volley ball team that would take part in the international volley ball tournament to be held in China in August thereby bringing glory to the district, state and the Nation.

The 15-year-old Sirisa Kurami, the daughter of Chelemma Kurami is all set to be a part of the national team that would represent India in the international volley ball tournament in China in August this year after her stupendous performance at junior national volleyball championship camp held from April 19 to 24 at Ernakulum in Kerala left the selectors speechless, said district sports officer Gyanendra Prasad Badoi said.

Sirisa has been studying in Government (SSD) Girls High School in Kalimela run by the SC & ST Department in Malkangiri district of Orissa and getting training for the last four years in the district sports hostels at Malkangiri during her vacations. She has won more than 10 medals representing the district and the state at various levels, Badoi added.

Impressed with the Maoist ideology, Chelemma had joined the rebel group in 90s. However, she quit the outfit in 1994 to join the mainstream while protesting the mindless killing of innocent by the Maoists.

Wanted by the police of both Andhra Pradesh & Orissa in many false cases as claimed by Chelmma, She has served at least six years in jail in both he states. She was released from Malkangiri jail in 2000. Later, she approached the than Malkangiri collector Chitra Arumugam who appointed her as a cook in Kalimela Government (SSD) Girls High School in Malkangiri district.Since then Chelemma was quite worried for her two daughters.

Claiming her dream has come true , the proud mother who has been receiving greetings and well wishes from the state and outside for her daughter’s success said that her daughter would certainly make the nation proud one day. Even today I didn’t forget those bad days and the hardships I faced in managing the family and shaping the career of my daughters, Chelemma added.

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