'Airgun Surrender' campaign aims at motivating the hunters to surrender their airguns before the authorities concerned.
The DGP stated that the death of Haribhushan, due to Covid, also influenced her decision to join the social mainstream.
Kothagudem Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt these activists decided to quit the outfit as they were unable to bear the harassment of the party leadership.
Lack of strong leadership among insurgents, absence of young leaders, reduction in recruitment, deaths and illnesses due to Covid-19 and initiatives encouraging surrenders are seen as major factors.
The surrenders were mainly attributed to non-release of Central share, dropping and non-sanction of projects, delay in the approval of Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and Covid-19 lockdown.
Sodi Muya, secretary of the Kerlapal Area Committee, decided to surrender after realizing the hollow anti-development and anti-tribal ideology of Maoists, said Sunil Sharma, Sukma SP.
Over a hundred Maoists who had surrendered during the past one year under the campaign 'Lon Varratu' called themselves blessed to celebrate Rakshabandhan.
Initially, they worked as militia members for three years and were working as members in the Cherla mandal organisation squad for the remaining three years.
Insurgent fighters are now camped just 50 kilometres away, leaving the United States and other countries scrambling to airlift their nationals out of Kabul.
Tribals no longer believe Maoists and their slogans, which seem ridiculous to them, Andhra Pradesh DGP Gautam Sawang said.
They have been identified as Vinod alias Maniram Boga (32) and his wife Kavita alias Satto Kovachi (33), residents of Botezari in Gadchiroli.
All four were active jan militia members in the Malangir area committee of the Naxals' Darbha divisions, which is one of the most dreaded formations of the outlawed group in Bastar, police said.
He had earlier been found guilty of contempt of court after he repeatedly refused to return to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, where witnesses have implicated him in corruption.
The cadres were allegedly involved in planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs), damaging roads and bridges and putting up Maoist posters and banners.
The cadres, who were active in Katekalyan area of the district, were impressed by the police's 'Lon Varratu' rehabilitation drive and disappointed with the "hollow" ideology of Maoists.