Dantewada: A wanted Naxalite carrying a bounty of Rs 3 Lakh on his head today surrendered before the Dantewada police, a source confirmed.
Citing disappointment over Maoist ideology, exploitation by senior Naxalite leaders, 26-year-old Baman Mandavi who was a section commander turned himself in before the police in Chhattisgarh said Dantewada superintendent of police Abhishek Pallava said, TOI reports.
According to sources, Mandavi had joined the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in 2010 as a low rank member, carried out several attacks on security forces in Sukma and Dantewada districts and was later promoted to be a section commander of “platoon number 26” under Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists.
Police said he was also involved in the 2014 attack at Tahakwada village in Sukma district, where 16 CRPF personnel were killed and at Mailwada in Dantewada in 2015, where seven CRPF jawans died after their vehicle was blasted with an IED.
The Police awarded him Rs 10,000 as “encouragement money” and further assistance will be provided to him under the state government’s Surrender and Rehabilitation Policy, he added.
Similarly, 28 Naxalites, four of them carrying cash reward on their heads, had surrendered in Dantewada district last month.