Raipur: Threat of death due to Covid 19 infection continuously forced the top naxal cadres to surrender. In a major setback to Maoist movement, the son of the late Dandakaranya Special Zone secretary, surrendered before Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy on Wednesday.
Bastar Range inspector General (IG) of Police Sundarraj P confirmed the information of the surrender.
Maoist leader Ramanna’s son Ravula Ranjit surrendered before Telangana Police, the Bastar IG.
After the death of his father Ravula Ranjit was promoted to Platoon Party Committee of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal committee. The surrender will further weaken the Maoists forces in Bastar, the IG said.
Ranjit was involved in serious offences in Chhattisgarh including carrying out an attack on a mine proof vehicle in Kasaram in 2018. In the incident nine jawans of security forces got killed. He was also involved in Erram attack, Minipa attack- in which 23 jawans lost their lives by getting trapped in ambush. The son of Ramanna was also involved in the Jeeram valley massacrae in which 27 people were killed including Congress leaders and security forces men, Bastar police said.
Earlier several Naxal leaders reported covid infected, the Bastar police also issued warnings of covid outbreak in naxal cadres and requested to surrender and police will provide them full treatment and also help in getting absorbed in mainstream . But the warnings were intentionally ignored. However, continuous surrender of Naxals is a good sign of restoring peace, prosperity and security in Bastar, said a senior police official.