RAIPUR: In a major success for the Dantewada police, 28 Maoists including four hardcore rebels carrying rewards on their heads, have surrendered before the police on Sunday.
They laid down arms before the senior officers of the district police and the CRPF at the Chinkpal base camp of Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) and District Reserve Guards (DRG) at Katekalyan, in Dantewada, about 350 km south of Raipur.
“The surrendered Maoists were engaged in different incidents of violence and crime against the government machinery and the administration. There are cases registered against them. This is our big achievement as several rebels had shown their willingness to return to the mainstream. We are aiming to bring as many ultras working for the Maoists in the interior areas to connect with the mainstream. They are increasingly frustrated with the anti-development and anti-tribal ideology of the CPI (Maoist)”, Abhishek Pallava, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) told the Express.
The four senior cadres carrying the reward of Rs one lakh included Manglu Madkami, Baman Kawasi, Handa and a woman Maoist Podiyami Gangi working for naxal’s cultural outfit Chetna Natya Mandli, the SP added.
“The surrendered rebels yearn to see growth and development of their region. The surrender will definitely prove a setback to the Maoist organisation. Scope of livelihood will now open up for them. All 28 were given an initial incentive amount of Rs 10000 and they will be entitled to every assistance under the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government”, Pallava said.
Dantewada is among the seven worst Maoist-affected districts in the conflict zone of Bastar.