Soon after the surrender, a check of Rs 25 lakh was handed over to Maoist Kamlesh Kumar Ganjhu alias Birsai. He was quite active in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Apart from this, a big Maoist leader in Chhattisgarh, Veti Rama also surrendered to Bastar Police. While Birsai surrendered unarmed, Rama also handed over an INSAS rifle to the police. Rama was involved in a vehicle blast in Kistaram in March, in which 9 CRPF personnel were killed.
Birsai was a member of the Special Area Committee (SAC) of the Maoists. He named Palamu DIG (Police) Vipul Shukla. Surrendered before DIG (CRPF) J Pal and Commissioner MK Jha.
Bastar has not seen the same terror as before, development officials said that Birsai was involved in 33 cases of Garhwa district. Apart from this, 44 cases were going on in Latehar in Jharkhand. Birsai belongs to Latehar district. He is the second largest Maoist in the state, who has returned to the mainstream after surrendering. Earlier in June 2017, another Maoist surrendered. Rama was associated with the Maoists for 23 years. He had a reward of 8 lakh rupees on his head. He was an alternate president of the Konta divisional committee of the rebels.
Jharkhand government’s initiative started showing effect
Significantly, recently, the Jharkhand government has taken several steps to make the surrender and rehabilitation policy attractive and easy for the Maoists. In June, the state cabinet approved the proposals of the Home Department. According to the new policy, the families of the surrendering Maoists will get all the facilities like ordinary citizens. Apart from this, if he is killed in an encounter, then his families will also be given increased compensation.
The purpose of the new surrender policy
The motive behind making surrender policy easy and attractive is to motivate Maoists to give up violence and bring them back to the mainstream. According to Cabinet Secretary S KJ Rahate, “If a Maoist is killed in an encounter, in addition to compensation to his family members, a close family member will also be given a government job.”
Not only this, the Jharkhand government has taken several steps to make the surrender and rehabilitation policy attractive and easy for the Maoists. To provide employment opportunities to them, instead of Rs 2 lakh under the loan, 4 lakh rupees will be given. Apart from the amount stated in the surrender policy, other discounts have also been said. According to the new policy, the amount given is as follows-
1. Zonal commander and above Maoists (Grade A) will be given Rs 6 lakh immediately upon surrendering to the police.
2. Maoists (Grade B) below the zonal commander will be given 3 lakh rupees.
Earlier, they were given Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively. Apart from this, the amount given to the children of Maoists for education has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000.