Maoists offer money for arms

"Those handing over SLRs or AK 47 rifles would be paid Rs one lakh and Rs 70,000 each would be paid for a carbine, automatic revolver and pistol, while country-made guns would fetch Rs 8,000 and above," Maoist central committee member Akash told PTI. He alleged that villagers were forced to join arms training camps by CPI(M) in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, collectively known as 'jungle mahal'.

Akash put the number of camps at a little less than 100. He said 58 camps were being run by the Marxists in West Midnapore district, 16 in Purulia and Bankura districts combined, while 23 schools in the 'jungle mahal' area were also being used as arms training centres.
"Those deserting the camps with arms would be given cash rewards and would not be harmed by the Maoists," Akash said.

On July 28, the West Bengal government had announced a surrender-cum-rehabilitation package for Maoists. As per the package, the government would make a fixed deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh for each surrendered Maoist for a period of three years. They would also be paid Rs 2,000 each per month for a period of three years and be given vocational training in a trade of their choice.

"For arms surrendered by the Maoists, Rs 25,000 would be given for a machine gun, Rs 15,000 for an AK-47, Rs 10,000 for a satellite phone, Rs 3,000 each for a revolver or a landmine and Rs 1,000 for per kg of explosives," DGP Bhupinder Singh had said.

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