A naxal couple, collectively carrying a reward of Rs 13 lakh and allegedly handling Maoists' urban network in Nagpur in Maharashtra, surrendered Wednesday in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said.
"The duo were trusted aides of in-charge of Maoists' Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh (MMC)zone Dipak alias Milind Teltumbade," Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Ratanlal Dangi told PTI.
He said the couple turned themselves in before police "after realising that naxals were harassing tribals and poor people".
Behade, who also goes with moniker Vivek, used to carry an AK 47 rifle while moving in forests, the IG said.
"Since then, he served at various capacities in the over-ground and underground networks of ultras in neighbouring Maharashtra," Dangi said.
On Sati's role, the IG said she became associated with the banned outfit in 2009. "In 2018, she was inducted as a member into the group of her husband," he added.
The couple was involved in at least nine violent incidents, including attacking police teams and killings, on the border between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, the IG said.
"In their statements, the surrendered naxals cited that senior Maoist leaders are keeping cadres from Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli in the lower rung and exploiting them. They also said senior cadres exploited tribals and poor people," Dangi said.
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