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Breakthrough: 3 rebels of dreaded Analda squad surrender in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Three extremists of dreaded Anal da squad of CPI (Maoists) surrendered before Jharkhand police in presence of senior officials on Monday under the state’s surrender policy making the security forces rejoice over the development terming it as a success of their sustained anti-rebel operations to flush out rebels.

The surrendered Maoists were identified as Baloon Sardar (area commander), Gaju alias Suraj Sardar and Geeta Munda. Baloon and Gaju hailed from Seraikela-Kharsawan district, while Geeta is from Tamar (Ranchi), informed an official communiqué from the state police headquarters.

Several cases under different sections of IPC, arms act, attack on villagers, encounter with police among others are lodged against the trio across different police stations in Kolhan and Range range.

Talking to media during the surrender ceremony, IG operations A V Homkar said that all the three were active members of Anal da alias Patiram Manjhi, a central committee member of CPI (Maoists). Anal da is said to be carrying Rs one crore reward on his head.

Homkar said, “The surrender is yet another testimony of how continued efforts of security forces against naxalism and state’s surrender policy is reaping results. All three were involved in several cases in Ranchi, Khunti, West Singhbhum and adjoining regions. It will now help us further dent the extremists and their outfits in the state.”

He added that all the three joined Anal da’s squad in 2017. “During police interrogation, they said that they were lured to join the outfit by Anal da who along with his squad used to visit their villages regularly. They used fear tactics to motivate them to join the squad. Later on, after police pickets came in their villages, the outfit killed two innocent villagers branding them as police informers. Since then, the three began realized their mistake of joining the squad,” he said, adding that successive police pressure on rebels and their associates through various ways further made them shun the outfit to return to mainstream.

“All three told us that they had joined naxal movement to fight for social justice and ills plaguing their villages but soon realized that the CPI (Maoists) was involved in illegal activities more than fighting for the poor and marginalized. The lucrative surrender policy of the state government has finally made them lay arms today,” said Homkar, adding that the surrendered rebels will get benefits as per the provisions of the surrender policy but will have to walk through legal trials and procedures for the cases against them.