32 Maoists have surrendered at Dantewada in Bastar division. Six of them were carrying rewards on their head.
Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava said, the surrendered Maoists were influenced by the ‘Lon Varratu’ campaign being carried out by the police in the district. ‘Lon Varratu’ means ‘Return Home’ in the local tribal dialect Gondi.
According to a press release issued by the district police, 19 surrendered Maoists are natives of Bakeli village, four from Korkotti and three each from Udenar, Tumarigunda and Matasi villages which come under Barsoor police station of Dantewada district. Dantewada police provided them with Rs 10,000 as immediate assistance. Other facilities under Chhattisgarh Surrender and Rehabilitation policy will follow.
Under this campaign, the police have earmarked about 50 hypersensitive Maoist-affected villages, where pamphlets have been put up with an appeal to surrender. The SP said, so far 150 Maoists have surrendered under the ‘Lon Varratu’ campaign.