Wanted Naxal commander surrenders in Chhattisgarh


Raipur: A Naxal commander, wanted in connection with several incidents of violence including the 2008 Nayagarh armoury loot and killing of policemen, surrendered before police in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Monday.

The militant identified as Prashant Modiyam, alias Sonu is a resident of Peddakorma village in Bijapur. He was carrying a case reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head.

The 25-year-old had been associated with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) since childhood, and in 2007 was inducted as militia member, and then elevated as member of ‘platoon number 12’ of the Naxals. Later, he was made ‘doctor’ of the divisional supply team and trained to provide medical aid to cadre.

In 2011, he was shifted to Odisha where he worked as ‘doctor commander’ and imparted medical treatment training to his colleagues.

Modiyam was involved in eight major Maoist incidents in Chhattisgarh and Odisha between 2007 and 2019, he said.

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