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Tuesday, April 23 2024

Former ultras tie knot in presence of cops, officials in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur: After long drawn gun battle between the guerillas and the policemen left Bastar region of Chhattisgarh bruised, on Saturday, there was a positive change.

The naxals and the policemen saw the humane side of each other as they came face to face at Jagdalpur in South Chhattisgarh to solemnise a special wedding.

The wedding was of former ultras- Podiyami Lavman and Markam.

Their love blossomed while they were working as Naxal cadres, but they could not muster courage to express their love or get married as it is forbidden for ultras.

However, on Saturday, as the two tied the knot in presence of government officials and noted people from all walks of life, policemen turned revellers and also wished the couple.

“The newly-married couple who had surrendered earlier were also appointed as constables in district police,” Bastar Superintendent of Police R N Das said quoting a provision under which state government can offer job to naxals who have laid down arms and joined the mainstream.

Markam had worked as a member of the Platoon no. 26 of Darbha Division Committee before she turned herself in before police last year. Laxman, who served as a deputy commander of Indravati Area Committee, had laid down arms in 2014.

The marriage could be made possible with the ‘Samajik Ekta Manch’, an NGO, bearing the expenses for the bride Markam while police have taken Laxman under their wings.

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