Police in Gadchiroli help surrendered Naxals tie the knot

In a unique event, the Gadchiroli police Monday solemnised the marriage of two senior surrendered Naxals, who they claim deserted the dalams to fulfil their wish 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 their Naxal designations written under their names. Santosh was Platoon no 7 commander while Shanta was member of Perimili Dalam.

"We had fallen 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 told The Indian Express.

Cadres who wished to get married are compulsorily made to undergo vasectomy by Maoist leaders, a reason why many couple wanting to have children run away from the party. Many do undergo the operation but after deserting the party undergo reverse vasectomy and have children.

The couple originally belongs to Gadchiroli and would now reside in Gadchiroli town. "They will be given all benefits of surrender including cash reward," said ASP (Aheri) Rahul Shrinrame.

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