62 Nax­als sur­ren­der in Ch­hat­tis­garh, Ra­j­nath calls it ‘huge achieve­ment ’

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SIXTY-TWO “hard­core Nax­als” sur­ren­dered be­fore se­cu­rity forces in Ch­hat­tis­garh on Tues­day, po­lice in the poll-bound state said, a de­vel­op­ment Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh de­scribed as a “huge achieve­ment”. Of the 62 Nax­als, 55 sur­ren­dered with their arms and am­mu­ni­tion in Narayan­pur district, In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (Bas­tar) Vivekanand Sinha told PTI. The “hard­core Nax­als” were work­ing un­der the Ku­tul area com­mit­tee of the CPI(Maoists), he said.

“The sur­ren­der of such a large group of Nax­als is def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment and it will have a psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact on the Maoist cadres,” he said over the phone, adding that more Nax­als are ex­pected to sur­ren­der in the com­ing days.

Polling for the 90seat Ch­hat­tis­garh Assem­bly is sched­uled to be held in two phases — on Novem­ber 12 for 18 seats and on Novem­ber 20 for 72 con­stituen­cies. Most of the con­stituen­cies in the first phase fall in the state’s Bas­tar re­gion. The Nax­als have called for a boy­cott of the elec­tions.

Soon af­ter the sur­ren­der, the home min­is­ter said in a se­ries of tweets that the suc­cess of the gov­ern­ment’s sur­ren­der and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pol­icy was push­ing Naxal cadres to shun the path of vi­o­lence. “Happy to know that a large num­ber of Left Wing Ex­trem­ists have sur­ren­dered be­fore the Po­lice by giv­ing up their arms in Ch­hat­tis­garh. I con­grat­u­late Chief Min­is­ter @dr­ra­mans­ingh, the DGP and the po­lice force for this huge achieve­ment,” he said.

Narayan­pur Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Ji­ten­dra Shukla said the 62 Nax­als, all lower rung cadres, turned them­selves in be­fore Sinha and other se­nior po­lice and Indo-Ti­betan Border Po­lice (ITBP) of­fi­cials at the Narayan­pur district head­quar­ters. Fifty-five of them sur­ren­dered with muz­zle-load­ing guns, Shukla said, adding that the rebels cited dis­ap­point­ment with the “hol­low ide­ol­ogy of Maoists and vi­o­lence”. In ac­cor­dance with the Ch­hat­tis­garh gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy, nec­es­sary as­sis­tance will be pro­vided to cadres who had sur­ren­dered, he said.

De­scrib­ing the move as a good sign ahead of the state polls, he said the rebels were work­ing for dif­fer­ent sub-groups and frontal out­fits of the out­lawed CPI (Maoist) for the past eight-nine years. These in­cluded the Jan­tana Sarkar (peo­ple’s gov­ern­ment), Jan­mili­tia and Sang­ham groups. On Oc­to­ber 10 this year, a po­lice camp was set up in Son­pur vil­lage, lo­cated in the Maoist hot­bed of Ab­hu­j­mad, where these cadres were ac­tive, Shukla said. The po­lice base was also im­por­tant in that area from a strate­gic point of view as it would help se­cu­rity forces to carry out op­er­a­tions in Ab­hu­j­mad, he said.

An­other po­lice of­fi­cer said at least five of the Nax­als who sur­ren­dered had stand­ing war­rants against them.

Se­cu­rity forces have been re­cov­er­ing posters and ban­ners with poll boy­cott mes­sages dur­ing their op­er­a­tions in parts of south Bas­tar al­most daily, of­fi­cials said.

The sur­ren­dered Nax­als are all lower rung cadres, 5 of whom had stand­ing war­rants against them while 55 turned them­selves in with muz­zle-load­ing guns

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