Amnesty, rehabilitation deal for Maoists in Jharkhand

     Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Neyaz Ahmed has said the Maoist rebels who lay down arms might be considered for amnesty and will also be rehabilitated. "We have come to know form our sources that at few places, there is a lot of agitation amongst the Maoists and we are being approached by them to surrender. We have given a positive response to the Maoists hopeful that many will surrender," said Neyaz Ahmed. The DGP further said the Jharkhand Government has announced a new scheme 'Operation Nai Disha' for the Naxal-affected areas in the State. "As per the scheme, the Maoists, who surrendered with rocket launchers would receive Rs one lakh, Rs 75,000 for AK-47 and sniper rifles etc., Rs 15,000 for a .303 rifle, Rs 2,000 for a hand grenade and Rs 2,000 per kilogram for explosive materials," said Neyaz Ahmed. "A development package for the Maoist-hit areas was under consideration, which would generate several jobs," he added. Meanwhile, the police honoured kin of police officials who were killed fighting the ultras at a function in Jharkhand's Gumla District on Saturday. "We are very pleased that the authorities are honouring the families of martyrs. I am very proud of my father and all the police officials, who got killed while fighting the Maoists," said Rekha Kumari, daughter of a slain police official. "All the families of police officials, who were martyred while fighting the Maoists were called today. We heard their problems and whether they have received the insurance money and ex-gratia money or not. We noted down all their problems," said Gumla Superintendent of Police (SP) N. K. Singh.

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