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Five top Maoists surrender; Naxals set four tripper lorries ablaze

KANKER: Following Chhattisgarh police assurance of “safe surrender and fair treatment”, five top Maoists, including two women cadres, on Monday surrendered before police in the Naxal-infested Kanker district.

According to Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena, “The Naxals, Ram Sai Dugga alias Krishna, Juru Salam, Milaap alias Neelap Usendi, Basonteen alias Sandhya and Manki Dhruva alias Surekha altogether carrying a reward of Rs 19 lakh on their heads, surrendered before Kanker police.”

They were wanted in several cases of murder, attacks on police, loot, arson, attempt to murder and other crimes, Meena said.

The SP said that Maoist Krishna surrendered with an AK-47. He was serving as Commander of platoon number-05 active in Partapur Area Committee of banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), North Bastar Division. He was carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head. 

Krishna was involved in Chhindpal ambush in 2008, Panchangi ambush in 2009, Manhakaal encounter in year 2009 and Bhuski encounter in 2010.

He was recruited in the banned outfit in the year 2003 by Kadme Local Operating Squad (LOS) DVC in-charge under Partapur Area Committee.  After working in Medhki LOS for a year, he was recruited as member of the platoon number-5 under Commander Baburao. He became Commander of platoon number-05 in the year 2012.

The SP also informed that Naxals-Salam, Usendi and Sandhya have surrendered with a 12-bore gun, an AK-47 and Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifle respectively. Woman cadre Dhruva has also surrender with a 12-bore gun.

He said, “Salam was President of Gotumbeda Jantana Sarkar and Secretary of Jaibeli, Kotmi, Gadhdapal, Khudri, Teeman Bhumkaam and Ganpad  Jantana Sarkar. He is a resident of village Tiralgarh under Bande police station limits. He was recruited in the CPI (Maoist) by Kasansur LOS Commander Indraka in the years 1997-98.”

Usendi was platoon number-1Commander. He was also carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head. He was wanted for his involvement in Tadoki Antagarh ambush, Chhindpal encounter, Panchangi encounter, Saradughamre encounter, Madagiri-Risgaon ambush, Bhuski encounter and killing of a MLA Jagbandhu.  He joined the Naxalism in the year 2005, the SP added.

According to the SP, among the two woman cadres - Sandhya and Dhruva - Sandhya was serving as Commander of Section-B in platoon number-01 under CRB Central Military Company number-2, Dhruva was former Chharagaon LOS Commander and East Bastar Division Unit Commander. She was carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh on her head.

Meanwhile in Narayanpur, sensation prevailed in Orchha tehsil when a group of Naxals set ablaze four tripper lorries and a tractor engaged in road construction work in the area on Monday morning.

According to police sources, about two dozen armed Maoists, after threatening the driver and conductor of the tractor, torched the vehicles engaged in construction of a road near Kaapsi village under Farasgaon police station limits at around 10 am. The tipper lorries loaded with macadam and the tractor gutted in the incident.

As per sources, the rebels stormed at the construction site and stopped vehicles at gun-point after threatening the driver and the conductor not to support the road construction work. They have warned them of dire consequences if they will continue the work. 

The rebels targeted the road construction equipment in the backdrop of hectic efforts by the departments concerned to expeditiously complete the road work with police protection for improving road connectivity in remote areas.