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As many as nine Maoist sympathisers including two women, on Friday surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district citing intensified anti-naxal operations in the state, police said. The naxal supporters turned themselves at Kondagaon district headquarters before Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh. Those who surrendered were identified as Sanajay Yadav (35), Bharat (40), Fooldhar (28), Sanjay Halami (28), Lachhuram Yadav (23), Gagra Netam (55), Sukhdev (29) and two women- Kunti (22) and Shanti Bai (28), Singh told PTI.
“These Maoist supporters were active in the bordering areas of Kondagaon and Kanker districts,” the SP said. They were assigned with tasks like dropping Maoist pamphlets and posters, collecting information and inputs, damaging roads, he said.
In their statement, they said frequent patrolling and the increasing presence of security forces in the Maoist stronghold compelled them to quit the path of violence. Moreover, they were also impressed with the provisions of surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government besides police awareness campaign was among the other reasons which prompted them to join the mainstream, the SP said.