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Seven hardcore Maoists, including two commanders surrender in Chhattisgarh
21-08-2014

RAIPUR: Seven Maoists, including two hardcore commanders carrying reward of Rs 1 lakh surrendered in Raipur on Wednesday. They were forced to join guerrillas at gunpoint and were frequently being threatened to be killed accusing them of being police informers, if they thought of returning to mainstream.

The Maoists who were involved in serious criminal offences surrendered before 65 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force at Baradera in the outskirts of Raipur, battalion commandant Satyendra Kumar Singh said.

The outlaws have been identified as Lakhmu, 22, Baijanti, 21 both commanders of Udanti local operation squad, Gariyaband district, Sukman, 35, Santram, 20, Massu Ram, 25, Bajju, 22, Rajau Dugga, 21.

Inspector general of police GP Singh said that the rebels were frustrated with the forest life and constant exploitation especially on women by senior cadres of Andhra Pradesh. “Lakhmu and Baijanti were active in Gariyaband, Mahasamund and Dhamtari districts which Maoists have aimed to use as extended corridor towards Maharashtra. But due to continuous surrenders and arrests in last two years, these districts are now almost clean. They were carrying bounties of Rs 1.40 lakh,” Singh said.

He added that the duo was involved in high profile murder of Gariyaband ASP Rajesh Pawar and other policemen in 2011 when they had attacked on convoy of Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel. Patel was later killed in ambush at Jheeram valley attack on May 25 last year.

 

Other surrendered Maoists were active in Bade Dongar regions of Kondagaon and were expert in planting IEDs against security forces.

According to statement of Maoists, they were forced to join ranks and were threatened of dire consequences if they thought of returning. They have confessed to several crime including killings of police personnel, damaging schools, roads and extortion. Maoists said that women cadres of Chhattisgarh are being sexually assaulted by AP cadres.

The surrendered cadres will be rehabilitated as per the policy of state government and necessary assistance will be provided to them, CRPF commandant said.

According to senior police officials, few more senior cadres may surrender from Dandakaranya special zonal committee coming week as they were under immense pressure due to continuous operations in Bastar division.

This is for the first time that about 67 Maoists have surrendered only in two months while many were killed in encounters.