Chhattisgarh: 8 Maoist surrenders in Dantewada

Citing prejudices and dissatisfaction in the forest among ultra, Eight Naxals surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on Monday, with district police officials claiming that its 'Lon Varratu' campaign asking the Maoist ultras to return to the mainstream was showing results.

With this, 248 Naxals, including 67 with bounties on their heads, have so far laid down arms in the district since the campaign, which means ''return to your home/village'' in the local Gondi dialect, started in June last year, an official said.

The eight ultras, including a woman, have said they surrendered due to their disappointment with the hollow Maoist ideology, and because they were encouraged by their former colleagues who laid down arms as part of the Lon Varratuappeal, informed Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said.

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