To woo Naxals,Gadchiroli police reach out to kin

AFTER going all out against Naxals in recent months with tangible success,the Gadchiroli police have decided to reach out to them through their families back in the villages they belong to.

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: April 16, 2014 4:08:58 pm

AFTER going all out against Naxals in recent months with tangible success,the Gadchiroli police have decided to reach out to them through their families back in the villages they belong to.

Calling the campaign Nav Jeevan,the police have started meeting the families of active Naxals with gifts and an assurance to fulfill their demands and aspirations,and in return appealing to them to persuade their Naxal kin to surrender and join the mainstream.

“We have been getting feelers from many senior and junior-level Naxal operatives for surrender,but they are afraid that they might get killed by fellow Naxals or arrested by the police. We are meeting their families to assure a safe surrender with pardon,” Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Suvez Haque told The Indian Express.

There are about 300 Naxals,including about 50 of deputy dalam commander and above levels,from Gadchiroli. Some are serving in Andhra Pradesh and some in Chhattisgarh or other areas of Abujmaad. “We have identified their families and will be reaching out to all of them. While my immediate next officers and I will visit the families of seniors,officers from police stations will meet the families of dalam member-level cadres,” Haque said.

The SP visited two families — of senior cadres Pahad Singh and Gopi — over the last two days. The two have been in the news for their attempts to surrender,which,however,hasn’t been coming through.

At Korchi in north Gadchiroli,Haq met the family of Gopi (Nirigasay Darbarsingh Madavi),commander of Korchi-Khobramenha-Kurkheda Dalam. His niece Anita Madavi,who dropped out of school after Class VII,told Haq that she wanted to learn skills at an industrial training institute (ITI).

“We spoke with the Korchi ITI and will ensure she gets admission there,” said Haque. “We also appeal to Gopi to come out of hiding and surrender without any fear,” he added.

Gopi has been an active Naxal operative since 1997.

Haque also went to Fafamar village in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh to meet the family of Pahad Singh,the divisional committee member of North Gadchiroli Gondia Committee of CPI (Maoist),to meet his wife Shakunbai Kachlami and their two daughters and a son.

“His daughter Chandrakanta is studying in Class XI (Science) and is a bright student. She has won a scholarship of Rs 500 per month. Another daughter Vinita studies in Class VI and the son in Class VIII. Vinita said she wanted her father to return and stay with them. We appeal to Pahad Singh to surrender,” Haq said.

“The villagers said his wife was a sarpanch but was ousted by a no-confidence motion,which reportedly led to Pahad Singh taking to Naxalism,” said the officer,adding: “We appeal to him to forget the past and join the mainstream by surrendering.” Clothes were given as gifts to both the families. “We will also hang banners and posters in these areas of Naxal operations to assure them a safe surrender,” said Haque.

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