In a big blow to Maoists in Jharkhand, Maoist commander Kundan Pahan who is wanted in over 125 cases has surrendered before the Jharkhand Police. Pahan who was CPI (Maoist) Jharkhand’s regional committee secretary is the seniormost Maoist leader to have surrendered in the state, according to an Indian Express report.
Pahan has been involved in all major Maoist strikes East of Ranchi according to reports. The surrendered leader has been involved in the murders of MLA Ramesh Singh Munda, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and a police inspector. He has also been involved in looting a bank vehicle. Pahan told police that Maoist commanders from the Santhal community do not let non-Santhali leaders to rise in the left wing organisation, due to which he had been relatively inactive for the last few years.
It will take some time for Maoists in Jharkhand to recover after Pahan’s surrender, who are already weakened after a splinter group called the Triteeya Prastuti Committee left the outfit, according to an Indian Express report.
Police officials said that Pahan’s surrender was followed by a long phase of negotiations. The police officials added Pahan surrendered under a policy called ‘Nai Disha’. According to the policy reward money declared for a particular Maoist is handed over to him or her when they surrender. Pahan received a cheque of Rs 15 lakh as that was the bounty placed on him.
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Pahan accompanied by a few relatives surrendered before ADG (Operations) R K Mullik and other senior police officials. Police have made a video in which Pahan appeals to other Maoists to give up arms and return to the mainstream.
Vikas Munda, son of MLA Ramesh Munda who was killed by Pahan has protested against the surrender. ADG Mullik said all those who have taken up arms should use the surrender policy and return to the mainstream or face police action.