Raipur: Sixteen Maoists carrying cash rewards of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Kanker district, taking the total number of Maoists laying down arms to around 360 so far this year.
The Maoist cadres, including a woman, surrendered before senior police officials citing disappointment due to exploitation of lower rung cadres by senior leaders of the banned outfit. Those who surrendered are also impressed with the Chhattisgarh state government's surrender policy, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash told PTI.
Among those who surrendered, Gauri Bai Vadde (22) worked as a Maoist local operation squad member, while Vikram Diwan (30) and Ajay Baghel (28) headed the Maoist Jantana Sarkar (people's government), the SP said.
Others who surrendered include Mangal Singh Sori (45), Noharu Usendi (37), Hemnath Nag (40), Nohar Singh (30), Mangal Usendi (28), Chaitram Mandavi (40), Arjun Mandavi (32), Chamru Ram (35), Ramu Ram Netam (22), Ram Das Uikey (28), Ajayan Singh (38) and Raje Singh Raoutiya (48) who worked as local rung members, he said.
They were allegedly involved in several incidents of crime, including attacks on police party, murder, attempt to murder, planting explosives, besides arranging Maoist meetings as well propagating Maoist ideology, he said, adding they carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh each on their heads.
In their statement, the surrendered cadres blamed senior leaders for allegedly exploiting women in the region and forcing villagers to send their children to join the outlawed movement, he said.
According to government statistics, the total number of Maoist rebels laying down their arms has crossed 360 so far in the insurgency-hit state this year.