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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 year.

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.