Raipur: Twenty three Maoists, including a woman, surrendered in the South Bastar region on Wednesday, police said.
As many as 13 Maoists belonging to the Malangiri Area Committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) turned themselves in before senior police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials today in Dantewada district, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
Those who surrendered were identified as Linga Ramb, Sukman, Chhannu, Waman, Somdu Taati, Taati Joga, Bheema Barse, Ramesh Barse, Basu, Bheema Taati, Lasman Taati as well as a woman called Kumar Bode alias Aayti, who are all aged between 20 years and 35 years, Kashyap said.
They were active since past seven years in the Maoist movement, he said.
The rebels cited disappointment with the Maoist movement due to atrocities by senior Maoist leaders as the reasons behind their surrender, he said.
Meanwhile, ten Maoist guerrillas who were active at different positions of the Kerlapal Area Committee of the CPI Maoist, surrendered at the headquarters of the CRPF's second battalion in Sukma district.
The surrendered Maoist cadres confessed that they were frustrated due to the exploitation of lower ranking women cadres by top Maoist cadres from Andhra Pradesh, CRPF Battalion Commandant VVN Prasanna said.
Among Maoists who surrendered, Madkam Singha was deployed in Dornapal local operation squad while Kartam Mukka headed the Dandakarnya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangh, a frontal outfit of the CPI (Maoist), while others like Punam Sanna, Awdhes Kumar, Sodhi Masa, Sodhi Budra, Mukesh Madkam, Hilma Nanda, Amla Bheema, Madkam Dewa are squad members, Prasanna said.
They will be rehabilitated as per the state government's policy.