Two women members of a Maoist squad from Purulia surrendered before the police on Monday. They have been identified as Sikha Hansda and Champa Hembram,and were brought to the Writers Buildings to be presented before the media. The duo also surrendered live rounds of ammunition and two double barrel rifles.
Police said both were members of the Ayodhya squad,which was headed by Arnab Dam alias Vikram before he was arrested a few days ago. Both Sikha and Champa are residents of Balrampur and were associated with the Maoist squad since 2008.
A number of cases of murder and kidnapping are pending against them,said police. Sikha was allegedly involved in killings of seven Forward Bloc supporters in Purulia last year. She was also involved in the abduction of a policeman and a civilian.
They had been in touch with us for the last few days. We had informed them about the surrender package announced by the state government. They surrendered saying that they would join the mainstream, said SP of Purulia C Sudhakaran.
Speaking to the media,Sikha said that before being inducted into the party,Maoist leaders told them that they would fight for the poor. But after joining the outfit,we saw Maoist leaders extorting money and torturing poor. So we decided to return to the mainstream, she added.
Earlier,dreaded Maoist leaders like Suchitra Mahato,Jagori Baske had surrendered before the police,responding to the state governments call to abjure violence and announcement of a new surrender package.