Kolkata: In a major success to Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, a Maoist action squad commander and his wife surrendered before the police in Purulia district on Saturday.

Duryodhan Rajkowar alias Sujon along his wife Lalita lay down their arms before the Purulia police on Sunday. “Both the Maoists will get relief packages and financial aid from the government,” said the police sources.

Duryodhan, who worked under Maoist squad leaders Vikram and Ranjit Pal, amidst Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa region, was wanted in several cases, including murder and extortion.

"He has been operating for around six years," said a police source. He was working as commander in the Ayodhya hills.

It is noteworthy that it is the first surrender by any Maoists in Mamata’s tenure.  Earlier, the Chief Minister had given seven-day ultimatum to the Maoists to lay down arms and maintain peace in the state. In such a scenario, the surrender is deemed to be a vital accomplishment for the government.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to visit Purlia District on November 11.

JPN/Bureau