Kolkata : With one more Maoist today
surrendering before the police in Jhargram sub-division in
West Midnapur district, the total number of ultras who gave up
arms in the state has gone to three in the past one week.
Bibhuti Mahato, a member of the Madan Mahato squad mainly
operating in Belpahari and Banspahari area of Jhargram
sub-division, surrendered with a single barrel gun before
Jhargram`s Superintendent of Police Praveen Tripathi.
The surrender follows that of Shobhan Karak alias Bijoy
on August 26 and a woman leader Shobha Mandi alias Sikha the
next day from the same district.
"He was keeping in touch with us for the past few days,"
Tripathi told reporters after Bibhuti`s surrender.
"He has eleven cases against him and some of them are
major cases," he added.
Bibhuti, a resident of Jharkhand, came to West Bengal and
settled in Gerulia village in Belpahari area.
Initially a member of Jharkhand Naren, then Jharkhand
Aditya, Bibhuti said, "I joined PCPA in 2008 and met one of
the top Maoist leaders who insisted on my joining their group
and I became a member of the Madan Mahato squad."
When asked what made him surrender, Bibhuti said, "I was
tired of arms training, extortion and of living in hiding and
so I decide to surrender."