Even as the Gadchiroli police felicitated and rehabilitated 27 Naxals who surrendered earlier this week under Nav Jeevan scheme,a couple slipped out of their group immediately after a failed ambush and walked for over three days through the forests before laying down arms.
They eventually surrendered two days after the other members of their group,a senior police officer told The Indian Express.
Manku Pada,30,a commander of platoon A of company 10 of CPI (Maoist) and his wife Sushila,27,gave their group the slip immediately after the Nargunda encounter on May 31 to walk for three days through the forest to reach Punnur village in Kasansur area of the district before coming to Gadchiroli.
One more couple is expected to surrender soon.
The Gadchiroli police had publicly feted the 27 Naxals who surrendered under the Nav Jeevan scheme at a function recently. The cadres had responded to the calls made by the police through their kin when senior officials visited them in their villages. The highly successful campaign saw over 17 surrenders in just one month of April. Most of these are dalam member rank,though there are some seniors too.
At the felicitation function,most of them who had surrendered spoke of the futility of being part of the Naxal movement and of the desire to lead normal life.
Many families of Naxals still active in the ranks were also invited for the programme. The police also solemnised the marriage of two former cadres dalam commander Jeevan Narote and member Janaki Timma.