"This is a yet another big achievement for Bastar police, who has consistently succeeded in persuading the cadres to join the mainstream," Inspector General of Police Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri told reporters.

Seventy rebels, including 15 women, surrendered beforesenior police and CRPF officials at Jagargunda police station in Chintalnar area, a Naxal hotbed, the IG said. "Some of the surrendered rebels were carrying rewards on their heads and involved in several incidents of crime, including loot, arson, attacks on the police party in the region," Kalluri said.

They are natives of Morpalli, Lakhapal, Murkam, Chintalnar, Tadmetla and nearby villages in Chhattisgarh, he cited, adding, "Two muzzle-loading guns, a pipe bomb, an IED  and other Naxal-related material were also surrendered by the cadres."

According to Kalluri, Chintalnar Additional  Superintendent of Police Irfan Khan has been carrying out a public awareness campaign "Jan Jagran Karyakram" to attract the rebels towards mainstream, which has started yielding results.

A cash of Rs 10,000 was given to each of the surrendered  rebels as an encouragement money. As per the Chhattisgarh government policy, necessary assistance will be provided to them, he added.

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