A Maoist zonal commander who carried a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on his head surrendered before the Jharkhand Police today.
Another Maoist sub-zonal commander also surrendered in the presence of DIG (Ranchi) Amol V Homkar in Ranchi.
Based on the surrendered Maoists' inputs, security forces recovered a cache of over a dozen arms and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition from Lohardaga district.
More than a week ago, a CRFP battalion was ambushed and 25 security personnel were killed by Naxals in Sukma district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MAOISTS WHO SURRENDERED:
- Nakul Yadav, a zonal commander of Communist Party of India (Maoist), surrendered along with his aide Madan Yadav before additional director general of police (operations) R K Mallik and Ranchi range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) A V Homkar in Ranchi.
- Maoist zonal commander Nakul Yadav is wanted in more than 70 cases, including killing of policemen. He was active in the border areas of Bihar and Chhattisgarh. He is also accused of forcibly inducting children into the CPI-Maoist group, a charge he denied saying "children are joining our organisation voluntarily".
- Based on the information provided by Nakul Yadav, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jharkhand police carried out a joint anti-Naxal operation in the jungles of Lohardaga district.
- A light machine gun (LMG), a semi-automatic US made rifle, an AK 47, a self loading rifle (SLR), three INSAS rifles, six other guns and some communication gadgets were seized from a hideout. Police also seized army-style fatigues and Maoist literature.
- Police sources said the joint operations, based on the inputs of the surrendered Maoists, are still underway in two other districts of Jharkhand.