The cadres, six of them carrying cash reward on their head, turned themselves in before senior police officials at Bijapur district headquarters citing disappointment with the the ideology of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), a senior police official told PTI.
A dreaded cadre- Munna Hemla (26), who was active in 'military company' number 2 of Maoists, is one of the surrendered members. "Hemla had been instrumental in executing several major Naxal incidents, including the ghastly Tadmetla attack, in which 76 security personnel were killed in Dantewada district in 2010," he said.
He was carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, the official added. Another equally hardcore cadre, Vijay Madvi (18)- a 'military company's platoon' member, and Ramlal Atami (27), a 'section commander' of 'military platoon number 1', were carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh each on their heads, he said.
Besides, Rs 1 lakh was announced each for the arrest of Kumari Payaki (22), Sumit Kumar Hemla (20) and Kursam Tokka (30), he added.
Rest of the surrendered cadres was lower-rung members of the banned outfit, he said. In their statement, the surrendered cadres claimed that provisions under surrender policy of Chhattisgarh government fascinated him to lay down their arms and join the mainstream, the official said.
Necessary assistance will be provided to them as per the rehabilitation and surrender policy of the government, he added.