Tuesday, August 26, 2008

5 top Naxalites surrender

27 Aug 2008, 0400 hrs IST, Soumittra S Bose,TNN

NAGPUR: The Naxal movement, already facing a serious manpower crunch in the state, is set to suffer a major setback after five top ranking cadres surrendered at Gadchiroli on Tuesday.

Suresh, alias Jayaram Harami (42), who is a divisional committee member and had a Rs 10L reward on him, is among the five who laid down their guns. Police view the development as the outcome of a serious rift between the Andhra Pradesh-based cadres and local members of the naxalite movement.

Apart from Suresh, Chandana alias Sanita alias Shubathi Channu Madavi, 26, commander of the Kurkhera dalam, has also surrendered. Chandana was the wife of Nagesh, commander of Platoon dalam.

Yogesh alias Bharat Jogiram Harami (27), the deputy commander of Platoon dalam, Ramji alias Mannu alias Manohar Halami, 20, and Maini alias Yashwanti Vaishakhi Pudo, 21, both members of Platoon dalam, too surrendered before the Gadchiroli police on Tuesday.

Chief of the state Anti-Naxal Operation cell Pankaj Gupta confirming the developments said that the surrendered naxal cadres would be produced before the collector’s committee soon. “The details of the surrendered Naxals would be verified in due course. At present, we are checking the records,” said the additional director general of police who highlighted the development as a significant one reflecting the dwindling faith of the existing supporters and a few leaders in the movement. This is due to the top brass showing their preference in key postings for AP cadres.