Thursday, July 08, 2021

In a 1st for Hazaribag, three CPI Maoists lay down arms

Abhijit Sen | TNN | Jul 9, 2021, 05:00 IST


Hazaribag: Three active CPI Maoists on Thursday surrendered before officials in 


 making it the first such incident in the district. 

Those surrendered were identified as Sarita Soren (19) alias Mumta Santhali, Usha Kishku (27) alias Usha Santhali alias Fulmani and Nageshwar Ganjhu (38). They were associated with Mithilesh Singh and Karu Yadav’s gang. The two were zonal commander and sub-zonal commander respectively operating in Hazaribag, Bokaro, Ramgarh and Chatra.

Deputy commissioner Aditya Kumar Anand said that all surrendered rebels will get benefits under the state government’s surrender policy. Hazaribag superintendent of police Kartik S, officials of the CRPF were present on the occasion.

Karthik said this was the first ever surrender in Hazaribag. He said, “These three Maoists were forced to surrender after the repeated campaigns and raids by police against rebel forces.”

He added that among the three, Usha is a prize catch. She joined the Naxal organization in 2009. She and Sarita belong to Harli village under Ango police station of Churchu block of Hazaribag.

“Ango was a known Naxal belt for nearly three decades. Usha was active in the bordering areas of Chatra, Bokaro and Hazaribag and six Naxal cases were filed against her in Chatra and Hazaribag districts. The state police headquarters had announced Rs 1 lakh reward on her head.” This amount has handed over to her on Thursday.

There were no rewards on the other two but they will get benefits like land, house loan and so on under the surrender policy. Sarita joined the Maoist group in 2015. Nageshwar joined in 2018 and was active in Hazaribag and Chatra districts. “Two cases were lodged against him,” said Karthik, adding that Nageshwar belonged to Katkamdag police station.

All three surrendered Maoists said that they didn’t benefit from the Naxal movement and were happy to have returned to the mainstream.

The police officer hoped that more active members of Maoists will follow suit in Hazaribag following Thursday’s development. “For bringing Naxalites into the mainstream of society, we have launched a video which is being displayed in the Naxal areas of the district. The theme of the song is ‘wapas aao life bachao aur banao’,” he said

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