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Cops help Naxals tie the knot

Author: Vivek Deshpande
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: February 5, 2013
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cops-help-naxals-tie-the-knot/1069581/

In a unique event, Gadchiroli Police Monday solemnised the marriage of two surrendered Naxals, who allegedly deserted their dalams to set up a "complete" family.

Santhosh alias Nevra Kidikola (28) and Shanta alias Nirmala Kudiyami (23) got married in a temple at Aheri in south Gadchiroli with a few close relatives and policemen as baratis. Invites were printed with Naxal designations written under their names.

Santosh was platoon 7 commander, while Shanta was member of Perimili dalam. "We fell in love while in the party (CPI Maoist). We wanted to marry. They said you can but you will have to undergo vasectomy. We didn't want to do that. So, we ran away," Santosh said.

Marriage aspirant cadres are compulsorily made to undergo vasectomy by Maoist leaders, a reason many couples wanting to have children run away from the party. Many do undergo the operation but opt for reverse vasectomy and have children after deserting the party.

Santosh and Shanta are originally from Gadchiroli and would reside in Gadchiroli town.

"They will be given all benefits of surrender, including cash reward," said ASP (Aheri) Rahul Shrinrame.

Santosh and Shanta had taken part in many anti-police operations and civilian murders. Shrirame says, "It's their second escape from Naxal clutches. Earlier, when they had run away, they were assaulted by Naxals and were taken back to the forest again. This time, they managed to reach us."

Asked if there was any other reason for deserting the party, Santosh said, "They used to ask us to kill innocent people. Things are not well in the party."
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