Raipur: Four Maoists, including a people's militia commander carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon district Friday, where the total number of cadres who laid down their arms climbed to around 85 this year.
The cadres turned themselves in before senior police officials citing disappointment due to exploitation of women and lower rung rebels as well as atrocities on villagers by senior leaders, Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri told PTI.
"With this, as many as 85 cadres have surrendered so far in Kondagaon district this year," Atri said.
Among those who surrendered, Kosru Ram (30), who used to be active as a people's militia commander in the Rajbeda region, was a crucial member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), the ASP?said, adding that he carried a reward worth Rs 1 lakh on his head.
Two others who surrendered, identified as Govinda and Libru, worked as Rajbeda people's militia members, while Ghanshyam handled Maoists activities in the Mardapal region as a squad member, Atri said.
They were involved in various Maoist activities including murder, attack on police teams, damaging government property, looting electronic voting machines (EVM)?and others, he said.
In a separate incident in the district, two Maoists carrying reward of Rs 2,000 each on their heads were nabbed by a local police team from the Mardapal police station limits.
Dashrath Korram (30) and Dhaniram Korram (30) were apprehended from a weekly market in Totar village, located around 250 km away from the state capital, he said.
Allegedly, they worked as Aadanar Maoist people's militia members and were involved in targeting police personnel escorting polling parties in Chiklapara and Totar forests during the 2008 assembly elections, he said.
The duo is being interrogated, he said.