Raipur: Three naxals, including a couple and a Maoist jan-militia commander, carrying rewards ranging from Rs 1-8 lakh for their arrest, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar region on Monday, police said.
All the three rebels, namely Manku Kachlam (31), his wife Anita (30) and jan-militia commander Sukhram Kawde (22) cited disillusionment with the functioning of outlawed CPI (Maoist) and ill-treatment by senior cadres as the reason to turn themselves in, they said.
While Manku and Anita surrendered in Kondagaon, Kawde in Dantewada district.
"Manku and Anita surrendered before police citing disappointment with the functioning of outlawed CPI (Maoist) and ill-treatment by senior cadres from Andhra Pradesh in Kondagaon district," Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri told PTI.
Popularly known as 'shikshika' (teacher) among ultras in the region, Anita was a prominent cadre in Kondagaon.
"She worked in Barda dalam of Maoists between 2006-09 and subsequently shifted to Pakhanjore and worked along with ultras of Maharashtra there," the ASP said.
Anita headed Chetna Natya Manch, a cultural outfit of CPI (Maoist), in Badedongar and used to handle 'Natya Shala', meant for training new recruits in cultural wing of the proscribed organisation, Atri said.
"Presently, she (Anita) was working as a teacher and spreading the naxal propaganda among school children in the interiors of Kondagaon," the ASP said, adding that she was carrying a reward of Rs 3.20 lakh on her head.
Anita's husband Manku was an active member of military dalam Platoon number 5 and Rs 8 lakh was announced for his arrest, he said.
The duo were allegedly involved in several incidents of crime, including loot, arson, murder and attacks on security forces in the region, the officer said.
In a separate incident, Kawde, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, surrendered in Dantewada district.
"Sukhram Kawde, a native of Kodoli village under Narayanpur district's Orchha police station limits, surrendered before senior police and CRPF officials," Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.
Kawde was working as the jan-militia commander of Mad Uttar Bastar Division in the naxal den of Abu Jamad, Kashyap said, adding that Kawde has been involved in several incidents of naxal crimes in the region.
The surrendered rebels will be rehabilitated as per the policy of the state government.
As per state government statistics, around 300 rebels have come in the mainstream so far this year.