Kanker (Chhattisgarh): As many as seven
hardcore Maoists, including four women, who are members of the
Bastar divisional committee, today surrendered at the district
headquarters here over "operational issues" with their
counterparts, a top official said.
"The surrendered ultras carry a cash reward of varying
amounts from Rs 5,000 to Rs 3 lakh. This is the first time
that the members of the divisional committee have surrendered
before police," Bastar range Inspector General of Police Lang
Kumer told PTI.
Among those surrendered are the active members of the
Bastar Division Committee Sunil Kumar Matlam and his wife
Jaini alias Jayanti who also happens to be the commander of
Corar area Committee; Jan Militia commander of Partapur range
Ramdas and his wife Panidobir, Kolibeda deputy commander
Susheela, Sitapur LOS commander Jaylal and his wife Asmani
alias Sanay, besides member of the platoon no 25 being
operational in Raoghat area, Samo Mandvi.
All of them surrendered before the IG and
Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat.
"Sunil was active in Corer area and has had 46 cases
registered against him in the last eleven years, while his
wife Jayanti too has a number of cases, ranging from launching
attacks on police teams, murder, looting, arson, pending
against her in the last three years," said Bhagat.
Similarly, other ultras namely Ramdas, his wife
Susheela have eleven and twelve cases registered against them,
Another naxalite Jaylal and his wife Asmani too have
three cases each registered against them with Koylibeda
"The naxals were in touch with police and were
encouraged to surrender and their rehabilitation was assured
as per government rules," the SP said.
"The naxals fell out with their cadres mainly on the
operational issues which included discrimination on regional
lines besides the hardships they have to face for staying in
hiding from police," said Bhagat.
"We were given a short shrift by the cadres from
Andhra Pradesh. We were not allowed to enter into relationship
with female cadres and even if we did it was ensured by our
leaders that the male members were forcibly sterilised.
However, female cadres were not subjected to this in the view
that anybody could marry them if their husband is killed in
police encounter," said Sunil Matlam, one of the surrendered
Meanwhile, Bhagat also informed that Raoghat Action
Committee member Rajesh Potai, member of the Company no 6 Ravi
Potai and former deputy commander of Pradeep Quachi had
surrendered in the past and were accordingly rehabilitated.