Muttanagari Jalandar Reddy, a naxalite with Rs 20 lakh bounty on his head surrendered on Tuesday in the presence of Andhra Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Gautam Sawang.
According to the state police department, Reddy surrendered because of lack of local public support, lack of recruitment from local adivasis (tribals), disillusionment with the Maoist ideology, extensive police outreach programmes and others.
Reddy hailed from Bhoompally village of Mirudoddi mandal in Telangana’s Siddipet district.
He studied up to intermediate at government junior college in Siddipet district and got attracted to Maoist ideology, leading to his joining of the naxalite ranks as a member of the radical students union in 1998.
Over the past several years, Reddy worked under various capacities within the different wings of naxalism, including playing a leading role in the abduction of Vineel Krishna, Malkangiri district collector in 2011.
Appreciating his decision to give up naxalism, the AP government will give him a reward of Rs 20 lakh, along with a house plot and if required agricultural land and support for self-employment.
Meanwhile, AP top cop appealed to the Maoists to shun armed struggle and join the mainstream, calling the Maoist party ideology as obsolete.
“Cadre who voluntarily surrender and join the mainstream will be facilitated according to the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the AP government. Reward amount on their names along with rehabilitation and employment opportunities will be provided,” added Sawang.