Two junior level cadres of the CPI-Maoist surrendered to the district police in Narayanpur of southern Chhattisgarh. The couple – Vinod alias Gandram Yadav and Jaymati – were working for the outlawed party for a decade and reportedly disillusioned with the activities of the senior leaders, police sources said.

While Mr Yadav was attached to the lowest military unit of Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), Local Operation Squad (LOS), of Jhara in Narayanpur, Ms Jaymati was working with lowest political unit of the party, the Area Committee (AC), in Nelnar in south Chhattisgarh. Ms Jaymati joined the party in 2005, while Mr Yadav joined in 2000, Additional Superintendent of Police of Narayanpur O P Sharma told the PTI.

Several surrenders of Maoist cadres are reported from various parts of Chhattisgarh and adjoining states in last one month. While the biggest success was achieved by Andhra Pradesh police, when the spokesperson of the party in Dandakarnya, Gudsa Usendi alias GVK Prasad, surrendered to the State police last week, some of the surrenders are questioned by the locals.

10 ordinary cadres in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh and several villagers in Koraput district of southern Orissa surrendered in the last one month. In both Bijapur and Koraput locals questioned these surrenders. “Surrendered Maoists are neither militants nor they have cases against them…they surrendered to avoid police harassments,” district council (zila parishad) member of Koraput, Juhra Mauka told the reporters last month.

However, the surrender of GVK Prasad has disturbed the CPI-Maoists. The party issued a press statement suggesting ‘limited role’ of Mr Prasad within the party. To boost morale of the foot soldiers, the statement strongly criticized Mr Usendi. But, today’s surrender in Narayanpur of two suspected Maoists and earlier arrests of at least four couriers – allegedly involved in transporting huge cache of arms from Raipur to Bastar Division – highlights that the banned party is feeling the heat. However, the ‘season of violence’ in Maoist areas of central India starts from February, due to lack of forest cover and moderate climate, and continues till monsoon. Security officials agree, the real challenge would be ensure a violence-free spring and summer like every year, as all the major Maoist ambush and force-led operations takes place between February and June.

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