Nagpur :- The dreaded naxalite leader and member of north Gadchiroli division of CPI (Maoist), Dasru Keye on Friday surrendered before the Gadchiroli police. Dasru was wanted in more than 150 serious cases registered by the police of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He was also carrying a reward of Rs. 9.50-lakh on his head. A resident of Gadchiroli district, Dasru joined the then Peoples’ War Group (PWG) of Naxalites which was later merged with MCC and renamed it as CPI (Maoist) in 2004, at the age of 24. He was the mastermind behind the killing of several security personnel in the region. His surrender is considered as a big jolt to the naxalite movement in the region.
The Gadchiroli police claimed that Dasru was fed up with the Naxalite ideology as they are misguiding the poor innocent tribals and opposing the development and welfare works of the government in the backward district of Gadchiroli for their “selfish goal.” The surrendered Naxalite also claimed that the reason behind his surrender is that Maoists have lost their loyalty towards naxalism. The disgruntled Naxal said that increasing pressure of security forces combined with state’s surrender policy has also been the major reason for a large number of surrenders.
The Naxal cadres in the tribal areas are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the ideology and are willing to join mainstream for a better life. Recently, Pahad Singh, one of the important leaders of the CPI (Maoist) and a Naxal terror network of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh also surrendered to the neighbouring Chattisgarh police. While surrendering before the district Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawade, the senior naxalite leader also handed over an AK-47 assault rifle, three magazines and 35 rounds. He was planning to quit the organisation for a long time. By doing so he will get benefits of surrender policy by the state government, the district police said.