Naxal held in Chhattisgarh

A hardcore Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head was arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said Friday.

PTI| Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 16:22 PM IST

Raipur: A hardcore Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head was arrested during a search operation in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Narayanpur district, police said Friday.

The cadre, Lakhmu (38), was apprehended from a forest near his native Kumnar village under Kurusnar police limits by the district force yesterday, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police O P Sharma told PTI.

The rebel was wanted for several criminal offences, including attacks on police party, loot, murder, torching of vehicles and others, the ASP said.

Based on inputs about his arrival at Kumnar, a police team was dispatched to the spot.

The Naxal was spotted in forest near the village when he was trying to escape sensing the movement of security personnel, following which he was rounded up, he said.

An active?member of Kutul LGS (local guerrilla squad), Lakhmu had joined the outlawed CPI(Maoist) in 1997 and since then was deployed in the region, Sharma said, adding that he was being interrogated.

Meanwhile, experts also feel that the state government is
working on a comprehensive strategy encompassing military tactics supported by a successful surrender and rehabilitation package.

"It seems that the target is to weaken the position of the rebels at village level in a bid to demoralise ultras. The strategy to curtail the frontal outfits and its members will certainly help security personnel in gaining ground in the Naxal den," Prof Girish Kant Pandey, Head, Department of Defence Studies in Government Science College here, told PTI.

It would be early to assess the success of these surrenders as no predictions can be made about Maoists' evil designs, although introduction of good policies along with an intense military approach will yield fruitful results, he said.

There are some regions like Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Kondagaon where security forces have been successful in containing the unrest upto a great extent, Pandey said.

Notably, Chhattisgarh government has recently made an unprecedented hike in the cash rewards announced on Maoists. The reward will be given to the rebels in case they lay down their arms and surrender.

A person providing crucial information leading to arrest of central committee secretary of CPI (Maoist) Muppalla Laxman Rao alias Ganpathy will be given Rs 60 lakh while earlier it was Rs 12 lakh, as per a recent government order.

Likewise, reward on chief of central military commission and central committee member has been increased to Rs 50 lakh and Rs 40 lakh, respectively.

Secretary of Dandakarnya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) carries a reward of Rs 40 lakh on his head which was Rs 3 lakh earlier. Similarly, cash reward on divisional committee secretary and lower cadres has also been raised.

The government is also mulling revision of cash reward and increasing it up to Rs 1 crore on general secretary of CPI (Maoist), a police official said.