Two members of the Charla LGS (Local Guerrilla Squad) of the proscribed CPI (Maoist) quit the path of left-wing extremism and gave themselves up before the police in Telangana’s Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on Monday, police said.
The duo, identified as 21-year-old Madakam Kosa alias Jeevan, of Jaggaram in Andhra Pradesh’s Yetapaka mandal and 21-year-old Sodi Gangi alias Lakma, of Kistarampadu in Charla mandal, surrendered before Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt in Kothagudem.
Both of them joined the banned outfit as dalam members of the Charla LGS separately in 2019.
They carried weapons in the LGS. Both the surrendered cadres were allegedly involved in several incidents of extremist violence from 2019 to 2021 in Charla area and also in an exchange of fire incident at Tekulagudem in adjoining Chhattisgarh.
Giving the details of their surrender at a press conference in Kothagudem on Monday afternoon, Mr. Sunil Dutt said the duo has quit the outlawed outfit having realised that there is no support for Maoist party among people in Telangana State as well as in border villages of Chhattisgarh State.
“Physical and mental harassment by Maoist leaders, recent development activities by the government across Telangana State, counselling and community policing programmes by the Bhadradri-Kothagudem district police prompted them to give up the path of violence,” he said, adding that the duo decided to join the mainstream to live together after their surrender and lead a better life.
The officials of the 141 Battalion of the CRPF and several other police officers were present.