A woman Maoist leader carrying a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head surrendered in the presence of DIG (south-west range) S Shyni and SP (Koraput) Charan Singh Meena at Koraput on Sunday.
The surrendered Maoist, a resident of Vankavedi village under Kurupam police limits of Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh, was identified as Puwala Acchama, alias Laxmi, 27.
Police said Laxmi was lured to the Maoist organization at the age of 12 and thereafter she was promoted to the rank of area committee member of third central regional company and used to carry a .303 gun.
Initially Laxmi worked in Derwarda dalam under Nagavali division and thereafter she was transferred to Narayanpatna where she worked from 2005 to 2012.
Laxmi had moved from Amphabali to Ralegada under Pottangi police limits a few days before the landmine blast at Kurealpadu in which Maoist leader Jayaram was killed last week, the SP said.
Security forces during combing operation nabbed Laxmi near Ithavalsa village, 5 km from Kurealpadu, and during interrogation she broke down and explained how she had been exploited by the Maoist organization.
"When Laxmi was held, other rebel leaders accompanying her fled the spot but she did not run away as she was willing to surrender. She confessed that on several occasions she had expressed her desire to surrender but was not allowed by her leaders," the SP said.
After her arrest, she cooperated with police and basing on her information, a huge cache of Maoist explosives and articles were recovered from Maoist hideouts. She was wanted for her involvement in two encounters in the district, the SP added.
Based on Laxmi's information, police recovered two claymore mines, four remote sensors used for preparation of IEDs, a flash camera, 24 pencil batteries among other ultra articles.
"She will be rehabilitated according to the prevailing surrender policy of the state government. Also, we appeal other Maoists to give up arms and join mainstream," the DIG said.
Source Time of India