Surrendered AP Naxals forced to undergo vasectomy

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Raipur, Jan 31: In what can be termed as a major breakthrough in cracking the Naxal stronghold in Assam, as many as 1855 terrorists surrendered in Assam before Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. But the reality of these banned group is grim and can easily be called the worst sort of human rights violation. Top Naxals who have surrendered in Chattisgarh have stated that many insurgents were forced to undergo vasectomy by their leaders, especially those based in Andhra Pradesh.

The fact was validated by four men and three women who surrendered in Kanker district in Chattisgarh. All of them have been subjected to forced vasectomy. Kanker SP Rahul Bhagat has been quoted as saying, "This is human rights violation of the worst kind. Naxals, both men and women, often force their cadres for this operation so that they do not have children and remain in camps, away from normal family life. Tribals in Chhattisgarh often face such treatment by their Andhra counterparts.”

Among those who surrendered from the East Bastar Division include Committee member Sunil Kumar Matlam and his wife Jaini alias Jayanti, Partapur area committee member Ramdas, Panidobir local organisational squad deputy commander Susheela, Sitapur LOS commander Jaylal and his wife Asmani alias Sanay, and member of platoon number 25 of Raoghat area, Samo Mandvi.

Bhagat added, "This is the first time that a member of a divisional committee surrendered in Chhattisgarh. Kanker police have registered good surrenders in the last 18 months. Six months ago a commander surrendered with an SLR. Naxals have now come to trust the police more than ever. It’s a very positive sign."

The SP stated that this was one of the most prominent surrenders of recent times, especially since it involved committee members. This is the biggest surrender from Chattisgarh so far. Bastar range Inspector General of Police Lang Kumer commented, "The surrendered ultras carry a cash reward of varying amounts from Rs 5,000 to Rs 3 lakh.”

One of the surrendered persons, Sunil faces 46 cases while Jayanti has murder, robbery and arson charges against her. A tiff with leaders in Andhra Pradesh is understood to be the reason behind the mass surrender. Bhagat commented, "They face discrimination on regional lines. Also, they realised the futility of their operations."

The police have made plans to rehabilitate the former Naxal leaders and a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh each will be deposited in their account to be given after three years. They are likely to be produced in court on Tuesday. Bhagat said, "There are over 80 warrants pending against them. But we will try to get them bail so that they can lead a normal life."

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