Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), July 8 (IANS) Five most-wanted Maoists, including two couples, with rewards totalling Rs 16 lakh on their heads, laid down their arms before the authorities on Saturday, police said.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhinav Deshmukh, they are Jairam Komti Gavde alias Jaggu, his wife Deve Zuru Pungati-Gavde alias Rasso, another couple Anil Budhu Gawde and Sunny Busku Pungati-Gawde, and Kamlesh Lachhu Telami.
The surrender was effected in the presence of Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sharad Shelar, DIG Ankush Shinde and other district officials.
The surrendered Maoists are entitled to full rehabilitation as per the state government’s policy, including allotment of plots of land, financial aid, employment opportunities and other benefits.
Gavde, who was the Bhamragad militia commander, carried a Rs 6 lakh reward on his head and was involved in some of the worst strikes at Bejurpalli, Yerraguda, Tonder and other places. He was charged with 17 serious offences, including murder, by the police.
His wife carried a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head.
Anil Budhu Gawde was a Maoist cadre since 2003 while his wife was an active member since 2006. Both carried rewards of Rs 2 lakh each on their heads.
Telami was involved in the Maoist movement since 2012 and carried a Rs 2 lakh reward for involvement in serious crimes, including murders, said SP Deshmukh.
“Sixteen Maoists from various ‘dalams’, including an area commander, have surrendered before authorities so far in 2017. We have appealed to the other Maoists active in this region to return to the national mainstream and contribute to society,” Deshmukh said.