Raipur: As many as 62 Naxals hailing from the insurgency hub of Abujmarh in Chhattisgarh and 10 of their supporters surrendered before police in Narayanpur on Tuesday. "The cadres, including two women, belonging to remote villages of Abujmarh, turned themselves in before senior police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials at Kurushnar police station as they were disappointed with the empty ideology of the Maoists," Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Soni told PTI.
Among them, three were active as Local Guerilla Squad (LGS) members, eight as members of 'Chetna Natya Manch', a cultural wing of the Maoists and four as 'Janatana Sarkar' group members, he said. Besides, 45 were associated with the outlawed movement as the members of 'Jan Militia', and 10 as sympathisers. Describing the move as a good sign in the Naxal hotbed of Abhujmarh, Soni said the ultras now want to see development in their areas and are joining the mainstream as they are fed up with violence.
Abujmarh, known as "liberated-zone", is an alleged hub of Naxalite-Maoist insurgency. "Those who surrendered stated that they decided to quit the movement due to growing pressure on Naxals from security personnel and the empty ideology of Naxals," he said, adding they are also impressed with the provisions of the surrender policy of the government. The officer said the surrendered ultras were involved in several Naxal-related incidents like murder, arson, loot and attacks on police party and camps.
"They will be ensured facilities as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the state government," Soni said. The development comes close on the heels of surrender by 38 Maoists, including seven women, at Narayanpur on 4 September.
According to police statistics, so far 987 Naxals and their supporters have laid down arms in Bastar division this year.