16 ex-Maoists join mainstream – The Telegraph

Patna: Sixteen former Maoists surrendered before senior officials of the police and Sashastra Seema Bal in Sheohar district, close to the India-Nepal border, to mark national unity day on Tuesday.

Fourteen of them were earlier active in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Sheohar district. The other two were residents of neighbouring Sitamarhi district. They all faced charges of involvement in attacks on security personnel and for inciting people against the police. None of them deposited any firearms.

The chief guest at the event, cooperatives minister Rana Randhir Singh, lauded the efforts of district administration and SSB officials to bring the youths to the mainstream.

SSB’s inspector general Chandal Shekhar delved at length on the achievements of the central para-military police force and its contribution to check growing Maoist activity in the region.

Inspector general (Tirhut zone) Sunil Kumar, BBS’s deputy inspector-general (special operations) Sumit Joshi, Sheohar superintendent of police P.N. Mishra and SSB commandant Hrishikesh Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Mishra said family members of those who surrendered would be entitled to benefits under the state government’s rehabilitation policy. Initially, their dependants would get Rs 2,000 a month as sustenance allowance and other benefits.

In Gaya, Maheshi Yadav, a Maoist and self-proclaimed former zonal commander of Morhar Nilanjan sub-zone who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, surrendered in Barachatti area. He was wanted in 12 cases.

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