Key naxal involved in C'garh CRPF attack on Mar 13 surrenders
    Raipur, Sep 13 (PTI) A hardcore naxal, carrying a
reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head, Thursday surrendered in
Chhattisgarhs Sukma district, police said.
    Vetti Rama turned himself in before senior officials
at the Sukma police headquarters and also deposited an INSAS
rifle, Deputy Inspector General (anti-naxal operations)
Sundarraj P told PTI.
    He said that Rama was involved in the incident on
March 13 this year in Sukma's Kistaram area in which naxals
blew up a mine protected vehicle of the CRPF, killing nine
    Sundarraj said that Rama, with a reward of Rs 8 lakh
on his head, had joined the proscribed Communist Party of
India (Maoist) in 1995 and had taken part in several major
naxal attacks.
    The official said that Rama has told police that the
increasing pressure of security forces in Sukma, and the state
government's surrender policy, had compelled several members
to quit the banned outfit.
    Rama revealed that sustained operations by security
forces in Chintagufa, Kistaram and Bhejji- considered as core
areas of Maoists in Sukma, coupled with development works,
resulted in the naxals' hold weakening in the area, the DIG
    His interrogation has also revealed crucial details
about the Maoist urban network and sympathisers, the DIG said.
    Rama's is the second such surrender of a key naxal
operative in the last one month.
    On August 23, Pahad Singh, a senior member of the
newly formed Maoist "special zonal Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh (SZMMC) committee", had laid down arms in the
state's Durg district. PTI TKP