Indi Pahan (39), who was a Maoist from 2007 to 2012, was inducted into the Jharkhand police as a constable on Friday.
Thanks to Jharkhand’s naxal surrender and rehabilitation policy, Pahan and four other former Maoists, including two women, were provided appointment letters at a function organised by Jharkhand police here. Chief minister Hemant Soren was present to boost the morale of the ex-Maoists.
Lured into the red brigade, the journey back to civilian life was not easy for them. Pahan was allegedly implicated in a false murder case and had served 10 years in jail from 1997 to 2007. Once out of the jail, he joined the Maoist outfit to avenge the false implication. He executed many destructive plans during his five years with the outfit. He decided to join the mainstream due to rifts in the outfit.
Armed with the appointment letter, Pahan expressed happiness over donning the Khaki. “I want to forget my past and serve the society,” he said beaming with pride. Additional director general of police, special branch, Rezi Dungdung said, “Altogether 68 naxals have surrendered in Jharkhand so far. The government, for the first time, has decided to provide jobs to them in accordance with 2009 surrender and rehabilitation policy. The policy would prove a lifeline for other ultras who wanted to shun the path of violence. We are also examining cases of other ultras.”
The other four inducted constables hailed from poor families and serving the rebel outfit was a compulsion for them.
Geeta Ganjhu, 19, Sunita Kumari, 18, Suresh Munda, 25, and Pandu Pahan, 23, showed victory signs as they set their eyes on winning over their former colleagues in a war that has claimed over thousand lives in the state.
Sunita Kumari said she was persuaded by her father to join the outfit in 2008.
“Like an obedient daughter, I blindly followed him and later lamented my decision. I am happy that I am out of the ghetto,” she said, adding,”an extremist leads a ruined life with no hope of revival. I am happy I could find a way out.”
Geeta Ganjhu joined the outfit in 2007 driven by poverty. She said during four years of her stay in the organisation, she used to entertain other members by singing revolutionary songs and dancing. “I was fed up with it and one fine day I decided to quit and returned to normal life.”
Suresh Singh Munda joined Maoist Kundan Pahan’s squad in the same year and participated in subversive plans.
“I rose to the position of a section commander and led a troupe of 20-25 armed fighters.” He said his aim is now to make Jharkhand free of left-wing extremism.
Dungdung said jobs could be given to those rebels who have been acquitted in trials. He said all of them would be allotted homes within the city to ensure their security.