Seven hardcore Maoists, including two commanders surrender in Chhattisgarh
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
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
This is for the first time that about 67 Maoists have
surrendered only in two months while many were killed in encounters.