Jharkhand’s surrendered Naxals get gov’t grants

While two former naxals got Rs. 4 lakh each, 11 others got Rs. 2 lakh each

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Under the Surrender and Resettlement policy, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has approved the proposal to release grants to twelve naxals of the CPI (Maoist) and two rebels of another banned outfit who have shunned violence and surrendered to the police, the Hindustan Times reported.

According to the official statement by the Chief Minister’s Office, Nakul Yadav, the CPI (Maoist)’s regional committee member from the Chatra district and the zonal commander of the banned Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad, Rajendra Oraon of Gumla district will get Rs. 4 lakh each and 11 other former perpetrators will get Rs. 2 lakh each.

The state government has also announced an ex-gratia of varying amounts to eight CRPF personnel who were injured in an encounter with Maoists in Latehar in 2013. The CRPF personnel were injured during a search operation in Latehar’s Barwadih police area. Out of these, 5 jawans will get Rs. 1.50 lakh each, 2 jawans will get Rs. 1 lakh each and the remaining jawan will get Rs. 50,000.

Earlier this month, National Herald reported that the one of the most dreaded Naxal commanders operating in the Khunti and Bundu areas, Kundan Pahan who is accused of killing former minister Ramesh Singh Munda and two other commanders have been offered four lakhs by the Jharkhand government.

The Hitavada reported that in June, seven naxals, including a woman who were frustrated with the hollow ideology of the Maoists and impressed with the Surrender and Rehabilitation policy of the Government, surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in the presence of 219 CRPF personnel.

In April, two surrendered naxals, Lakkha and Vekko from Chhatisgarh’s Sukma district made masks for the locals and police personnel. Lakkha had surrendered in August 2019 and Vekko had quit in 2018.

Under the guidelines for surrender-cum-rehabilitation of naxalites in naxal affected states by the Ministry of Home Affairs, persons eligible may be imparted training in a trade / vocation of their liking. They shall be paid a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,000 for a minimum period of 36 months. Also, the guidelines call for an immediate grant of Rs. 1.5 lakh to be kept in a bank in the name of the surrenderee as a fixed deposit which can be withdrawn by him/her after 3 years. Apart from this the guidelines stated that In the event of a surrenderee being able to secure any Government job, this amount shall not be given to the surrenderee. The guidelines also make provisions for payments for surrendered weapons and ammunition.


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