Poaching for top brains has begun and the irresistible deal is: a take-home of Rs 1 crore for the big shots of the 17 left-wing extremist groups of Jharkhand who are ready to surrender.
According to the Jharkhand government’s cabinet decision on Tuesday that amended the surrender policy, secretaries and members of the extremist groups’ central committees and politburo — the think tank — will get Rs 1 crore on surrender, a raise from Rs 25 lakh.
However, the police still don’t have a count on the number of top-rung extremist leaders operating in the state.
The logic behind the constant upwards revision of surrender money is that it comes to only a fraction of the cost government incurs in deploying troops to fight extremists in the jungle.
Maharashtra government has a similar lucrative surrender policy of Rs 1 crore for a few select names in the rank of politburo.
In Jharkhand, the amount would be the same for all central committee and politburo members, said Jharkhand police spokesperson SN Pradhan.
CPI(Maoists), considered India’s biggest internal security threat, are miles ahead of mostwanted men like Dawood Ibrahim when it comes to bounty.
Maoist leader Ganapathy, whose red army is spread across 10 states and is a virtual government unto itself in several large swathes, carries a combined reward of Rs 2.52-crore on his head.