RAIPUR: As many as 23 Naxals, including two women, today surrendered in Bastar district of the state citing "ill-treatment" by senior cadres, police said.
The ultras turned themselves in before senior police officials, saying they were "frustrated" with the ill-treatment meted out to them, Bastar Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.
Of them, three cadres - Katku (Kudur Janatana Sarkar head), Lali Mandavi and Raju Mandavi (area committee members), were carrying a reward of Rs three lakh each on their heads.
Similarly, Kawasi Gore (35) who was the head of Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM) -- a cultural outfit of Maoists -- was carrying a reward of Rs one lakh on his head, the SP said, adding the rest of the surrendered ultras were lower-rung members.
An encouragement amount of Rs 10,000 was given to each of them and will be given facilities under the surrender and rehabilitation policy, the official said.