Jamshedpur, June 4: A hardcore Maoist rebel Rakesh Munda alias Sukhram Munda, who was wanted in connection with more than half-a-dozen naxal-related cases, on Thursday surrendered before the police at Seraikela Kharswan along with his beloved who was also a rebel. Munda along with his beloved Chandani Sardar received one lakh each as part of the State’s surrender policy.
SP (rural) Mohammed Arshi said that it is a major achievement for police forces involved flushing out rebels and helping them join mainstream.
” It is a good step taken by both. The surrender only goes to show that there is better way but to lead a peaceful life. Youths must join mainstream and contribute to the social development. We hope more rebels would return to the mainstream,” said Arshi while addressing the media.
He said as Munda and Sardar have already surrendered before the police, it is the responsibility of the police to ensure their proper rehabilitation as per the state government’s surrender policy.
“We are here to welcome the youths who shun violence. As per government’s surrender policy, we will provide the two rebels plots of land for building house and also Rs 2 lakh so that they may build a career of their own,” said an official.
The lady rebel, who had joined the outfit at young age, said that she wanted to return to mainstream and marry her love.
Based on the inputs provided by duo, the police and paramilitary forces have started frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations.
Security forces plan to raid all Maoist hideouts along the Bengal-Jharkhand border. A number of Maoist squads have also become active in Banspahari and Simulpal in West Midnapore. Joint forces are expected to raid both places when operations begin.
“We have information that some of these people have engaged in anti-social activities once again. We have therefore decided to keep close tabs prisoners that may be asked by the committee in the future to be freed,” the police official said.