Naxalita surrenders in the Dantewada of Chhattisgarh

DANTEWADA: A 26-year-old boy, with a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head, surrendered to the police on Saturday, an official said.

Baman Mandavi surrendered to the police in the city of Dantewada, citing disappointment with Maoist ideology and exploitation of low-ranking cadres by high-ranking Naxalite leaders, said Dantewada police superintendent Abhishek Pallava.

Mandavi was a section commander of the 26th platoon of the Area Maoist Committee, the official said.

He joined the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in 2010 as a lower ranking member, and was instrumental in carrying out several attacks against security forces in the Dantewada and Sukma districts, he added.

Mandavi was involved in the 2014 attack in the village of Tahakwada, where 16 CRPF staff members and Mailwada died in Dantewada in 2015, where seven CRPF jaws died after their vehicle was launched with an IED, Pallava said.

Mandavi received Rs 10,000 as stimulus money and will be given more assistance under the State Government's Surrender and Rehabilitation Policy, he added.

Last month, 28 Naxalites, four of them with cash rewards on their heads, had surrendered in the Dantewada district.