Chikkamagaluru: Naxals have been fighting against the “system” for over a decade and a half in the Malnad area. The government, including the police department have succeeded to a great extent in curbing naxal activities here. However, sporadic incidents of violence, naxal propaganda have always become a matter of grave concern for the law agencies in the state.
In an unexpected development today, three naxalites surrendered before the specially formed District Committee of the government in Chikkamagalur.
Surprisingly, after entering the mainstream they vowed to fight for the benefit of the society in future. Their surrendered today has given a fillip to the police efforts to reform and rehabilitate them after giving up arms.
Kanyakumari, a native of Kalasa in Chikkamagalur district, who was active in naxalism for the last one and a half decades along with Shivu and Chinnamma from Raichur surrendered before the authorities in the presence of senior advocate A K Subbiah, journalist Gauri Lankesh, members of the committee formed by the government to bring back naxalites into the main stream and rehabilitate them. In all, 33 cases are pending against Kanyakumari in the state and outside, whereas four cases are pending against Chinnamma in Shivamogga. There are no cases against Shivu, a social activist turned naxal. Shivu said, in Chikkamagaluru district alone 13 naxals had surrendered and hoped that many more would return to the mainstream in the near future.
Kanyakumari was introduced to naxal movement in 2003 who later became a full-fledged member of the Maoist movement and married Shivu in 2016. Both have a 6 months old child and decided to enter mainstream for the sake of its future. Shivu said, they would abide by the law in the future and work within its framework.
Kanyakumari, speaking on the occasion said, “Unaware of naxalite movement, I joined the Karnataka Liberation Front and got actively involved in Kudremukh National Park agitation. When the police started hunting for me and making several visits to my house to trace me, I ended up in jungles” and added, “recently I came to know that 33 cases are registered against me.” She squarely blamed the police for branding her as a naxalite.
Naxalites Noor Zulfikar, Sridhar and Sirimane Nagaraju surrendered in December 2014. Later, in November 2016, Parashuram, Fatima, Nilaguli Padmanabh and others surrendered. With three more getting back to the mainstream today, police are hopeful of more surrenders in the days to come. Today’s surrender proves that the naxal movement is at a low ebb in the district with no fresh incidents of violence in recent times.