Dantewada, July 15
Five Naxals, three of them collectively carrying reward of Rs 5 lakh, have surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police stated on Wednesday.
Since the native police final month launched a marketing campaign asking rebels to return to the mainstream, 58 Naxals have thus far surrendered in Dantewada, Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava stated.
“On Tuesday, five cadres turned themselves in before police, saying they were disillusioned by the hollow Maoist ideology and at the same time were impressed by the local police’s Lon Varratu ((term coined in local Gondi dialect which means ‘return to your village/home’) rehabilitation campaign,” he stated.
Out of the 5 who surrendered, Jagdish alias Ratan Kawasi (30), who was carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on his head, was the “most dreaded one”, the official stated, including that he was energetic as deputy commander of Bodhghat LGOS (native guerrilla working squad).
He was allegedly concerned in numerous Naxal assaults, together with the Jhara Ghati ambush in Narayanpur district in 2007 whereby seven policemen have been killed, and Mardapal assault in Kondagaon the identical 12 months wherein 9 policemen misplaced their lives, he stated.
Jagdish was additionally a part of Maoists technical crew and used to make muzzle loading weapons, single shot weapons, 12 bore weapons, claymore pipe bombs, improvised explosive units (IEDs) and different explosives, and in addition used to restore refined rifles, Pallava stated.
Two different surrendered cadres, Kamlesh alias Motu Ram Poyami (22), an LGOS member, and Mani Ram Alami (24), head of Jantana Sarkar group of Maoists, have been carrying rewards of Rs 1 lakh every, he stated.
Besides, Janmilitia members Balku Kashyap (20) and Shivnath alias Manuram Poyami (25) additionally surrendered.
They all have been given an instantaneous help of Rs 10,000 every and will likely be supplied amenities additional as per the federal government’s give up and rehabilitation coverage, the police official stated.
Under the ‘Lon Varratu’ initiative, the police have been placing up posters and banners within the native villages of Naxals, who carry money rewards on their head.
The posters point out the names of rebels and enchantment to them to affix the mainstream, the official stated. PTI