Big News! Just days ahead of assembly elections, 62 Naxals surrender in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region

The security forces have hit a massive success in Chhattisgarh as a total of 62 naxals surrendered, that too along with their 51 country-made weapons before the Bastar IG Vivekanand Sinha and Narayanpur SP Jitendra Shukla on November 6th.

This move has come days after the naxals had carried out an attack at the security forces killing three CRPF personnel and a Doordarshan cameraman. In the recent years the surrender of naxals have increased in an astonishing phase and they are willing to join the mainstream society.

After the surrender, the police released a press statement that said “51 Maoists have surrendered with their country-made weapons while 11 others have submitted themselves to the law without arms. At leas five of the Maoists who surrendered today had standing warrants against them”.

“More and more want to give up arms and grab a chance to surrender and return to their villages” it added.

Praising the Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s efforts, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “Happy to know that a large number of Left Wing Extremists have surrendered before the Police by giving up their arms in Chhattisgarh. I congratulate the State Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh the DGP and the police force for this huge achievement”.

The activities of naxals had drastically decreased since the Modi government came to power in 2014. The naxal activity suffered a major blow after the demonetization move of PM Modi. Yes, compared to 2015, the naxal attacks in India had decreased by 20 per cent in 2017 and this was been claimed by the report titled “Demonetization: Impact on Combating Naxalism” that was launched on November 1st.

The report noted that “There was sharp increase of 55 per cent in arrest or surrender of naxals was witnessed in the 2017 compared to 2015. In 2017 about 796 naxals were arrested or surrendered compared to 512 in 2015” and also said that naxal incidents had come down in 2017 to 908 in compared to 1,136 in 2013. While 2013 naxals were killed in 2013, the Modi government killed 150 naxals in 2017.

Hansika Raj