Kothagudem: A woman naxal surrendered to the police recently celebrated Raksha Bandhan after 11 years of gap on Monday at a ceremony organised by Bastar police in Chhattisgarh state.
The woman naxal, Rashmi who surrendered to police recently after spending 11 years of active life in the outlawed CPI(Maoist) Party, tied Rakhi to her brother at the ceremony at Jagadalpur in the state.
She appealed to her colleagues in underground to quit the violence and join mainstream life. Similar appeals were made by many surrendered naxals, who have participated in Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Sukma and Dantewada districts in the state, to their colleagues in the forests.
“I am very happy for celebrating Raksha Bandhan after a long time and for the opportunity of tying Rakhi to my brother. The naxal’s ideology has become outdated and I urge those serving the CPI(Maoist) Party to quit the arms” Rashmi told press persons.
Jagadalpur Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Mahadev informed that essential commodities were provided to the families of the surrendered naxals at the Raksha Bandhan ceremony. The naxals need to rethink and quit the violence, he added.
A hardcore naxal Malla, who carried a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, Badal, a former deputy commander of Maoist Platoon-26 and Dashmi, who carried Rs 5 lakh reward on her head, who surrendered to the police also a gave call to their siblings and colleagues to quit the violence.
IG (Bastar range) P Sundarraj hoped that the appeals by the surrendered naxals might yield positive results in the days to come