Twenty more Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Maoist cadres continued to surrender with 20
more rebels, some of them carrying rewards on their heads, turning themselves
in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. With
this, the total number of rebels laying down arms has reached nearly 280 this
Police and paramilitary forces have stepped up their
efforts to motivate lower-rung rebel cadres to surrender and return to
mainstream, in an apparent attempt to cut off supply lines and village level
back up to Maoists.
Kanker district SP RN Dash said twelve Naxalites,
including three women, surrendered before senior police and BSF officials in
Kanker district. In their statement to police, they alleged atrocities on
tribal and sexual exploitation of local women by senior cadres. Naxalites who
surrendered include military platoon-17 commander Somnath Kawre, carrying a
reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, Korar local operation squad commander Rajnu
Gota and others, all between 20 and 40 years of age.
Kawre was involved in Chinpar ambush in which three
CRPF constables were killed, Kalighat encounter injuring two CRPF jawans,
killing of three police personnel in Mahamaya mines in 2008, killing two BSF
jawans in Etabalka Ambush in 2010 and other deadly attacks. Quoting statements
from surrendered Naxalites, Dash claimed that senior Maoist leaders sexually
exploited several tribal girls and if they got pregnant, the rebels allegedly
forced them to undergo abortion.