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Ex-Maoist Jagori's family happy with her surrender


Sougata Mukhopadhyay, CNN-IBN
Nov 28, 2011 at 11:10am IST

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West Midnapore: After the death of Kishenji, another major success by security forces was the surrender of key Maoist leaders Jagori Baskey and Rajaram Soren. CNN-IBN travelled to Jagori's home to find out how her parents felt about the surrender.

Far from media glare in a remote village called Bagdoba at the Purulia-West Midnapore border, an old couple works on a small patch of land. They would have gone unnoticed had it not been for their daughter - Jagori Baskey - one of the most wanted Maoist leaders from Junglemahal who reportedly led the Silda EFR camp attack in February last year and killed 24 jawans. She and her husband Rajaram Soren staged a dramatic surrender before Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on November 17.

Gurubari Baskey, Jagori Baskey's mother, said, "I am happy that she has surrendered. She can now live in peace."

"Even we shall live in peace from now on," said Jagori's father.

Jagori was 14 when she got lost at a village fair. That was 15 years back. Her parents claim they haven't heard from her since. But the police refused to believe them. There were regular raids for years. They say they were harassed and tortured as the authorities searched for Jagori - wanted in 30 cases of murder, abduction and looting of arms.

Now there will be no more police raids at their home or harassment in the hands of the security forces, more than Jagori Baskey's surrender, that's the kind of relief the elderly couple is experiencing at this point in time.

The couple now seeks compensation from the government for their sustained losses over the years.

Thakur Baskey, Jagori Baskey's father, said, "The government said that it will compensate our losses, that it will make good the plunder at our home. But it has done nothing so far."

More than bitterness for the system, they express hope, expecting some favourable treatment in the days ahead as a trade-off for their surrendered daughter.

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