ONE of the three minor girls who had gone missing from an Ashramshala in Gadchiroli district has surrendered before Gadchiroli police.
The 14-year-old from Kiar village in Bhamragad tehsil ran away from a Dalam, into which she was recruited by Naxals, to return home about 15 days ago. “We persuaded her parents that she should surrender so she could get benefits given to surrendered Naxals and that we would take care of her future education,” Gadchiroli superintendent of police Sandip Patil said.
After the parents agreed, the girl turned herself in at Bhamragad police station. “Her further surrender formalities are being processed,” Patil said.
The three girls had gone missing from Lahiri Ashram school in January creating a furore. Subsequent reports confirmed they had joined the Naxals in Abujmad area about a few kilometres away. “She said the Naxals had almost immediately separated the three girls. Hence, she was unable to say where the other two were,” Patil said.