Sundari, a former Naxalite, who carried a bounty of Rs 8 lakh, is now playing a crucial role in combating naxalism in Chhattisgarh. Due to the state government’s developmental works and rehabilitation policy, many Naxal cadres are shunning the path of violence and joining the mainstream.
From a Naxalite to a constable
After being associated with the banned organisation Communist Party of India (Maoist) for ten years, Sundari alias Lalita, quit the Naxal movement and surrendered before the police. Presently, she is serving as a constable in District Reserve Guard (DRG) and playing a leading role in the battle against Naxalism. Due to her meticulous planning and strategy, security forces have succeeded in arresting and eliminating Naxal cadres during encounters.
Developmental works and rehabilitation policy leading to positive change
The state government’s developmental works and rehabilitation policy are emerging as a wind of positive change in the worst insurgency-hit Bastar region. The article highlights how Sundari’s surrender and her active participation in anti-Naxal campaigns are examples of this change. Around 400 cadres surrender before security forces yearly in seven districts under the Bastar region on an average. The camps of the security forces set up in the interior areas and the awareness being spread among the villagers are also one of the main reasons for the surrender of the Naxals in the Bastar region.
Insight into Naxalism in Chhattisgarh
Sundari had played a key role in ambushes that killed several security personnel in the Bastar region. She also revealed that Naxal leaders from Andhra Pradesh exploit youths in the organisation. In the last 22 years, Naxals have killed over 1700 people in Chhattisgarh by branding them as police informers or by other reasons. The IG further stated that Naxalism is the biggest obstacle in the development of Bastar.
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