Campaign Navjeevan helps 28 Naxals to surrender

Staff Reporter
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Police officers visited the families of the Naxal leaders

DIG of Gadchiroli Ravindra Kadam and other police officers visit the family of a naxal cadre as a part of ‘Campaign Navjeevan’.— Photo: Special Arrangement
DIG of Gadchiroli Ravindra Kadam and other police officers visit the family of a naxal cadre as a part of ‘Campaign Navjeevan’.— Photo: Special Arrangement

Twenty-eight extremists from different Naxal dalams here and Chhattisgarh border areas have surrendered before Gadchiroli police due to its initiative called ‘Campaign Navjeevan’.

Exposing them for the first time on Tuesday in a programme called Manomilan (meeting of hearts) at Gadchiroli police headquarters, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Suvez Haque said the Naxals’ identities were made public only after taking their permission.

Under Campaign Navjeevan, senior police officers visited families of Naxals belonging to the State and appealed them to surrender assuring them of fair treatment. It was launched without fanfare in December 2012.

“During this drive, we observed that some kind of injustice or ill-treatment had driven these Naxals to join the Naxal dalam, be it some problems on the family front or village politics. Weintensified our campaign in April this year as a result of which we have these 28 people who have forsaken the path of violence,” said Mr. Haque.

Mr. Haque, Deputy Inspector General of Gadchiroli range Ravindra Kadam and Aheri Additional SP Rahul Shreerame visited the families of senior Naxal leaders, including that of Korchi Area Secretary of CPI (Maoist) Gopi alias Niringsay Madavi and Pahad Singh, the Divisional Committee Member of South Gadchiroli division of CPI (Maoist).

The responsibility of visiting the families falling in their areas was given to respective police station officers and Sub Divisional Police Officers.

The officers often visited the families with gifts and an assurance of “safe surrender and fair treatment.”

“The answer of bullet will be given with bullets but those who want to give up the path of violence and come to the mainstream,here is an alternative for them,” said Mr. Haque.

Family members of the surrendered Naxals were present on the occasion along with family members of Naxals who have not yet surrendered.

Appealing to the family members of Naxals who have not surrendered, Mr. Haque said there were only two options with every active Naxal — either die of a bullet or surrender and live a peaceful life.

Gadchiroli police also arranged the marriage of a couple from the surrendered Naxals on Tuesday.

Jeevan alias Surendra Narote, the platoon A Commander of Tipagarh Naxal Dalam, was married to Janaki, a member of Naxal’s cultural wing Natya Chetana Manch.

Mr. Kadam appealed to the youth from urban areas who are attracted towards Left wing extremism “not to get lured by false dreams propagated by the extremists.”

  • The campaign was launched in December 2012 and was intensified in April 2013

  • Only two options for every active Naxal — die of a bullet or surrender: Haque

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