From the year 2007 and 2009, the Maoists demolished around a dozen schools in the villages of the Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. Some of the Maoists involved in the demolition, who surrendered and living a normal life now, have pledged to reconstruct these schools.

According to a report published by Hindustan Times, the reconstruction of a demolished school in Bhansi Massapa village started last week by the surrendered Maoists with the help of local villagers.

“The villagers, who were earlier Maoists, demolished the school in our village on the instructions of senior Maoists in 2012 after Salwa Judum but now we want to educate our kids hence we will construct it again. Our children also want to go for higher education and get jobs,” Ajay Telam, Sarpanch of Bhansi Massapa village, was quoted as saying.

The report adds that the other schools’ construction work will begin in Potali, Burgum, Nahri, Kutrem and Aalnaar village panchayats soon.

“These schools are in core Maoist areas of the district. The construction of one such school has started in Bhansi. As and when a sizeable number of Maoists surrender in these villages and in turn takes responsibility to help in the construction of the schools, the villages will be chosen and sanctions for school building will be taken,” Abhishek Pallava, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dantewada, said.