West Midnapore: With the surrender of dreaded Maoist female squad leader Suchitra Mahato before Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, an eerie silence prevails over Junglemahal.

Considered a close aide of Kishenji, Suchitra’s surrender has given rise to speculations that the fight of the red rebels would be badly affected as the leader who joined the force 18 years ago was known to be very influential in the Junglemahal region.    

Suchitra was allegedly involved in more than 16 Maoist attacks including that of Silda camp on EFR jawans in West Midnapore.

Suchitra Mahato, the Maoist leader had suffered a bullet injury during the police operation in which Kishanji was killed. She has 80-odd cases including murder and abduction against her.

Suchitra’s former husband Prabir Sasadhar Mahato was killed in an encounter with security forces on March 10 last year. Prabir was involved in the 2009 Lalgarh movement.

“Suchitra was with the Maoists for a long time and was a very important leader. She had worked with (Maoist leader) Sasadhar Mahato. On February 25, she got married and wanted to return to the mainstream. This is a joint achievement of the government and my brothers and sisters (Maoists). This is a Holi gift,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

(JPN/ Bureau)