Gadchiroli police have started “Campaign Nav-Jeevan” to appeal to the Naxals from tribal districts to surrender by reaching out to their families.

A brainchild of Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohd. Suvez Haque, under this campaign, the police will meet the families of Naxal cadres with gifts and assurance of safe surrender for their kin, informed the Gadchiroli police.

The SP and Additional SP will personally meet the families of senior Naxal cadres while police officials from nearby police stations will visit the families of Naxal Dalam members under their jurisdiction.

As a part of Campaign Nav-Jeevan, Mr. Haque visited the families of Pahad Singh alias Kumarsay Kachlami, division committee member of South Gadchiroli division of Communist Party of India (Maoist) and Gopi alias Niringsay Darbarsingh Madavi over the weekend.

Mr. Singh, who hails from Fafamar village in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh, joined the Naxal movement in 2003 when his wife Shakunbai was forced to resign as the Sarpanch of the village due to a no-trust motion passed by the villagers against her. He has two daughters and a son. His daughter Chandrakanta, studying in standard 11, aspires to become a doctor. Mr. Haque assured the family of proper treatment if he wished to join the mainstream, informed a statement issued by the Gadchiroli SP office.

Gopi, the Korchi area secretary of the CPI (Maoist), joined the Naxal movement in 1997. While visiting Gopi’s family in Korchi, Mr. Haque found out that Gopi’s niece Anita, who left school after the seventh standard due to inability to pay school fees, wishes to study in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Korchi.

Mr. Haque assured Anita of all help and promised that he would speak to officials of the Korchi ITI.

The police’s initiative has come after the ultras suffered heavily during the past one year due to aggressive operations by the Gadchiroli police and C-60 force, the elite anti-Naxal force of Maharashtra.