Tuesday, February 16, 2010

319 Naxals surrendered in four years in Maharashtra

PTITuesday, February 16, 2010 12:58 IST

NAGPUR: As many as 319 Naxalites have laid down their arms before authorities in the Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district in eastern part of Maharashtra, official sources have said.

"The Maharashtra government, after examining Naxal surrender policies of other affected states, also came out with a identical scheme on August 29, 2005 and this has helped both the Naxals and the police in implementing it. The response has been good so far," additional district superintendent of police, Manoj Sharma told PTI.

He said the state government has given periodical extension to the scheme. "It has certainly helped the misguided poor tribals who took to arms struggle to avail an opportunity to give up violence and isolated life and miserable living conditions."

The scheme has also helped the police to provide a chance for those Naxals who want to return to main stream and spend rest of the life under security cover and enjoy the freedom, Sharma said.

Giving details of surrendered Naxalites, Sharma said one sub zonal committee member is the top Naxal leader followed by six dalam commanders and nine deputy dalam commanders.

Sharma said, In Naxal movement, the Area Rakshak Dal and Gram Rakshak Dal (ARD and GRD) also play an important role
since they are like second rung leaders and provide logistics
and communication also. As many as 200 ARD and GRD have also surrendered during this period.

There are 10 couples who are a part of 319 surrendered Naxalites during the last four years.

Maharashtra govenment has so far extended financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.38 crore and another Rs 30.20 lakh from the centrally sponsored Security Related Expenditure (SRE), Sharma said.

As per the laid down scheme, whenever Naxals surrender, they are produced before a committee headed by district collector which include superintendent of police and other officials to accept their surrender and accordingly the cash reward is decided as per their rank and involvement in offences.

Police have recovered from them 81 rifles, mostly 303 and self loading, 110 cartridges, one hand grenade and other explosives besides Naxal printed materials about their ideology, he said.

Six Naxals had surrendered during the Republic Day Parade in Gadchiroli where Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil unfurled the tri-colour. He welcomed them into the main stream.

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