WB surrender-cum-rehabilitation package for Naxals

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 23:35

Kolkata: The West Bengal government
today announced a surrender-cum-rehabilitation package for
Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs) which would come into immediate
effect in the state.

DGP Bhupinder Singh announcing the package said an
official notification in this regard had been issued today.

The package, which was briefly mentioned on June 17 by
state Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen, was today notified with
full details accepting the guidelines forwarded by the Union
Home Ministry.

Giving details of the package, Singh said that LWEs or
Maoists willing to surrender would be offered Rs 2,000 each
per month for a period of three years. They would also be
given vocational training in a trade of their choice.

Simultaneously, the state government would make a
fixed deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh for each of the surrendered for a
period of three years.

If any surrendered extremist showed good conduct, he
would be handed over the maturity amount after three years.

They can also take loans for doing business before the
maturity of the fixed deposit by keeping the accumulated
amount as security, the DGP said.

As per the package, Rs 25,000 would be given for
surrender of a machine gun, Rs 15,000 for an AK-47 and Rs
10,000 for a satellite-phone, Rs 3,000 each for a revolver and
a landmine and Rs 1,000 for explosives per kg, Singh said. The DGP said that the extremists could give themselves
up before a DM, an SP or some other senior officials in the
Maoist-affected districts.

The ADG and IG-level officials would monitor the
rehabilitation package, Singh said.

The package also offers certain benefits for Maoist
sympathisers if they surrender. If any sympathiser commits any
heinous crime, he will have to go through judicial procedure,
while a small crime will be reviewed for consideration.

The cases of those who are in police custody with
minor charges would be considered for release on bail if they
wished to return to mainstream, the DGP said.

But the released would be kept under watch and they
would be properly rehabilitated if good behaviour were
maintained.

The package offers would be circulated in all Maoist-
affected areas in Alchiki and Bengali languages, Singh said.

The DGP claimed that locals had been increasingly
turning away from the Left Wing Extremists in the affected
areas like Binpur and Radhanagar in West Midnapore district.

He emphasised that security forces would remain alert
in the Maoist-affected districts of West Midnapore, Bankura
and Purulia irrespective of the surrender package.

Measures for socio-economic development of the Maoist-
affected areas had already been initiated by the government,
the DGP added.

-PTI




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