As many as nine Naxals surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur on Wednesday in the midst of a bandh called by the left wing extremists to protest against the recent ‘encounter’ on the Andhra-Odisha border. Fed-up with harsh forest life and hollow Maoist ideology, the ultras turned themselves in before Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI. “The surrender came as a severe blow to the ultras on the day they observed protest and a major boost to the anti-Maoist operation by the security forces in the region,” he said.
Those surrendered were identified as Wacham Biju (20), Sitaram Bhaskar (26), Lalu (30), Ashok Wacham (20), Wacham Ramedra (18), Tikedvar Wacham (20), Mangal (19), Munna Oyami (25), Bomda Poya (25), he said. Biju, who was active as deputy commander in the military
platoon number 13 under Bhairamgarh area committee of Maoists was involved in several deadly naxal attacks, including killing of three police jawans in Jappemarka in 2015, the ASP said. The equally dreaded Bhaskar, an LOS (local organisation squad) member in Mirtur area, was also instrumental in carrying out attacks on police party, he said.
While Biju was carrying a reward of Rs three lakh on his head, Rs one lakh was announced for the arrest of Bhaskar, he added. In their statement, the ultras said that they were fed up with the hollow Maoist ideology and harsh forest life while and at the same time impressed by the attractive surrender policy of the state government. Moreover, they have disclosed crucial details regarding the Maoist outfits active in Bijapur which would certainly help in counter-insurgency operations in the region, he added. An encouragement amount of Rs 10,000 was given to each of the Maoists, he said, adding that they would be provide assistance according to the rehabilitation policy instituted by the government.
A day-long bandh call has been given by the Maoists, in the five left wing extremism (LWE)-affected states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, in protest against the encounter last week in which two dozen Maoists had been killed in the cut-off area of Andhra Odisha border in Malkangiri forests.