Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said that the Maoist has been identified as Hidma Muchaki, who was Katekalyan area committee member carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head.
A team of district reserve guard was out on a search operation following a tip-off when the rebels targeted them ensuing the encounter, the SP said.
The booklet ‘Badlem Edka’ elucidates on the ideology of outlawed CPI (Maoist) and why one should quit it.
117 of the ex-Maoists, who were illiterate before joining the training course, also developed their ability to read and write.
Of them, 11 cadres are natives of Gufa village, seven from Bedma, five from Mangnar, three from Hitawada and one from Handwada.
Of these 32 cadres, 19 are natives of Bakeli village, four are from Korkotti and three each hail from Udenar, Tumarigunda and Matasi villages
The official said the two cadres in their statement said they were disillusioned by the hollow Maoist ideology.
All the 16 cadres, three of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, turned themselves in before police and CRPF officials in Dantewada town.
The face-off took place on Saturday evening in a forest near Tetam village under Katekalyan police station limits when a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Naxal operation.
The Maoists apparently yielded to the demands of tribal villagers and freed the elderly couple after realizing the inherent power of local masses in the conflict-ridden Bastar.
The ultras thrashed the constable's sister and snatched her mobile phone before fleeing the spot.
In Dantewada, seven ultras surrendered after being impressed by 'Lon Varratu' (return to your village) campaign launched by local police.
The forces carried out a search operation in the region and traced four remote-controlled IED pressure bombs each weighing 4-5 kg.
The bridge on the Dumam river which connects Kuakonda and Katekalyan development block headquarters in Dantewada, was not only strategically important but also crucial for the people living there.