Police said that the four Maoists who surrendered before the Chhattisgarh police in Dantewada district have placed a reward of Rs 1 lakh on their heads.
According to a press release issued by the district police, 19 surrendered Maoists are residents of Bakeli village, four from Korkotti and three each from Udanar, Tunigunda and Matasi villages which fall under Barsur police station in Dantewada district.
The police further claimed that the Maoists surrendered under the ‘Lone Varatu’ campaign, under which banners were placed in their villages, appealing them to surrender.
Police said the surrender cadre was involved in violence by security forces and other Naxalites in the district.
“Four of them placed a reward of Rs 1 lakh on him and were absconding,” the press release said.
The Dantewada police provided him Rs 10,000 as immediate assistance. Chhattisgarh will follow other facilities under the surrender and rehabilitation policy.
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According to the records, at least 150 alleged Maoists have laid down their weapons and surrendered under the ongoing ‘Lone Varatru’ campaign in about 50 villages of Left-wing Extremism (LWE) -hh Dantewada district in the last four months.
However, tribal rights activists questioned the campaign and claimed that an innocent tribal is trapped between the Chhattisgarh police, other paramilitary forces and Naxalites. As part of the program, activists alleged, police are forcing innocent tribals to commit themselves inside.
‘Lone Varatu’ in the tribal Gond dialect means homecoming. Police have identified around 50 high-profile Maoist-dominated villages, where pamphlets have been planted with an appeal for them to surrender.
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