Police in Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh have started a school for surrendered Naxals who are now part of the force.Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg said the school, with three teachers and over 300 surrendered ultras, started functioning about a month ago in the Police Lines area."Most of the surrendered cadre could not study because their schools were destroyed by Maoists. Some were forced to drop out to join the Naxals. After joining the police force, they expressed a desire to study," he said.
The aim was to help these surrendered youths to reconnect with the outside world and to boost their confidence through education. "Such a move will be their actual rehabilitation," Garg explained. They have been divided into three groups, ones who are illiterate, those who had studied till Class V and the third comprising Class VII passouts.'"Most of the 300 personnel who have enrolled are illiterate. They are posted in the District Reserve Guard, an anti-Naxal force in Chhattisgarh.
They will appear in open school examination. Besides three regular teachers from the Education Department, policemen too are holding classes," he said."I can read and write. Bastar has been fighting a Maoist insurgency for almost three decades. The disruption resulted in many like me remaining illiterate," said Potai, now a constable. He joined the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) at a young age and surrendered in 2012.
"I want to study as it will help me rise up the ranks of the police and also help me teach my children," Potai said. Similar is the case with Sumitra Sahu (32), who surrendered last year. She said she went to school only for two years in her village Karenar in Abhujmad, once a Maoist stronghold.