In a significant development on the Maoist front a female cadre of the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has turned themselves before the police in Maoist affected Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on August 12.
The surrendered Maoist has been identified as Madavi Malle alias Gangi who has been part of the banned outfit for 17 years and was actively involved in several attacks on the security personnel, informed police. The surrender took place under Poona Narkom, a flagship scheme of the Sukma police meaning ‘new dawn’ in Gondi dialect.
Establishment of security pickets and growing counter-insurgency operations in remote areas has contained the Maoist insurgency in a much smaller region, said Gangi, who was a part of the group involved in the infamous Tadmetla attack on the security forces in 2010.
She had joined the extremist outfit in 2004 and rose to the rank of PLGA battalion headquarters team commander in subsequent years. She has been provided with an ex-gratia cheque of Rs 25000 by Superintendent of Police (SP), Sukma, Kiran Chavan. It’s been reported that Gangi would be rehabilitated and provided all possible assistance as per the state government surrender and rehabilitation scheme.
It is to be noted that the Maoist-affected regions of the State have been witnessing a surge in surrenders by the ex-Maoist cadres lately, who have chosen to shun the path of violence and have joined mainstream citing discrimination in the rank and files of the prescribed outfit.
Recent surrenders in Bastar
Recently, as many as four active members associated with frontal groups of the banned CPI Maoist had surrendered before the Dantewada police on August 11. The group includes a female Maoist sympathiser identified as Hungi Sodi, who had a bounty of Rs 1 lakh announced on her by the State Government.
The surrender took place under the flagship Lone Varatu scheme being run by the district administration and police in insurgency-hit Dantewada, under which 615 ex-Maoist cadres have so far shunned the path of left-wing insurgency. The list includes 159 such cadres who had a bounty on their heads.
Earlier in another development, a Maoist couple, one of whom was carrying a reward of Rs one lakh, had also surrendered before the authorities under the Poona Narkom campaign on August 4. It was then reported that the couple was impressed with the surrender and rehabilitation scheme being run by the Government and disgruntled with the outlawed outfit.
In another similar incident, two Maoist couples carrying a collective bounty of Rs 20 lakhs had also surrendered before the police in Maoist-affected Dantewada of Chhattisgarh on July 17. The surrendered cadres were later identified as Chotu Mandavi, his wife Lakhme Mandavi and Masa Mandavi and his wife Ayate Mandavi.
A commander of the Chetna Natya Mandali, an illegal offshoot of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) , had also turned up before the security forces and surrendered on July 15 in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
The development occurred when Muchaki Kosa who was carrying a bounty of Rs one lakh on his head for his involvement in several incidents of violence shunned the outlawed Maoist outfit citing his disappointment with the ideology.
Earlier, in a separate incident, another senior Maoist leader from the district, Madakam Deva alias Bhagat (42), had surrendered before the security forces in Alluri Sitharam Raju district of Andhra Pradesh on July 13.
It’s been reported that Madakam Deva, a resident of Dabbakunta village under Chintagufa police station limits of Sukma, was working with the banned outfit for more than a decade and was involved in the killing of over 190 security personnel. He was carrying a bounty of Rs 5 lakhs.
In another development, a female Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh had also surrendered before the police on July 6. It’s been learnt that the surrendered Maoist, Kawasi Bheeme, was inspired by the ‘Poona Narkom campaign’ (A new Morning) being run by the district police.
It was reported that Kawasi Bheeme was an active member of the Dakshin Bastar Battalion No. 01 of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army, the armed wing of the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist). She was involved in a number of attacks on the security personnel, including the 2017 Burkapal and Minpa village ambush in 2018.