RAIPUR: Seventeen naxal cadres, including a woman, surrendered before police in Kondagaon district of insurgency-hit Bastar region today.
In a separate incident in the same region, three ultras, carrying reward of Rs 3 lakh each, were arrested by the police from Dantewada district.
"The 17 cadres, all lower-rung members of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), turned themselves in before senior police officials in Kondagaon district," Kondagaon Superintendent of Police JS Watti told PTI.
They were active as naxal jan-militia members in different parts of the district, the SP said.
The ultras confessed they were frustrated with the high-handedness of senior cadres, particularly from Andhra Pradesh, and by exploitation of the women and of those belonging to lower rank, Watti said.
Besides, they were also impressed with the surrender policy of the Chhattisgarh government, he said.
"They will be rehabilitated as per the policy of state government and necessary assistance will be provided to them," the officer said.
In another incident, three Maoists, carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh each on their head, were arrested from Dantewada.
The rebels were apprehended by a joint squad of the District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police from Barsoor police station area, a police official said.
They are identified as Baman Podiyami (30), Mani Poyam (27) and Budhu Barsa (25).
The trio was active as military platoon members in Indravati Area Committee of Abhujmad region, he added.