For the first time in history, 57 maoists and 297 supporters have surrendered together in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on October 4. They surrendered before Inspector General of Police Bastar range, S.R.P. Kalluri, Collector of Sukma, Neeraj Bansod and other police and CRPF officials. In this, seventeen surrendered along with weapons.
“Some of these maoists were carrying a cash reward on their heads,” said Sukma Superintendent of Police, Indira Kalyan Elesela, reports PTI.
The police informed that the surrendered have been fed up of maoist activities as it leads to lack of development in their area. This appears as positive indication to the police from naxal stiffen Bastar.
“The development has dealt a severe blow to the Left-wing extremism, particularly in south Bastar, since the Naxals who surrendered at Sukma hailed from areas considered as Maoist stronghold. This would provide a trigger for desertion of other rebels, weakening the naxal base in Bastar,” Asianage reported quoting sources in state intelligence bureau.
Police officials informed that the Naxal sympathizers belonged to places like Potampara, Majhipara, Gondpalli Mosalpara, Jeerampal, Badesatti, Patelpara, Borguda, Pandupara, Kerlapal and other villages of the region, most of which belong to ‘maoist liberated zone.’
In the official statement, surrendered people cite frustration with violence, exploitation and atrocities done by fellow naxals as the reason to give up on the movement.
The state and central government are keen for non-violence, as they have offered several benefits on giving up violence. An amount of Rs. 10,000 was given to the 57 Maoists. The surrendered will also be provided with necessary assistance under the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government, Bastar IG said.
According to the reports given by the state police officials, nearly 1400 Naxals and their sympathizers have surrendered this year before the police in the Bastar area.