Kolkata: Giving a positive stimulus to the State Government’s initiative to curb Maoist activities, Suchitra Mahato, wife of slain leader Sashadhar Mahato and a close aide of top Maoist leader Kishenji, who had escaped after Kishenji was killed last year, surrendered with the State administration on Friday.

Mahato’s surrender comes a year after her late husband Sashadhar Mahato, a senior Maoist leader was killed in an encounter on March 10 last year.

Suchitra had escaped with injury during the encounter with security forces at the Burishole forest in West Midnapore district on November 24 that had claimed top Maoist leader Kishenji.

After Kishenji’s death, the joint forces were in search of Suchitra. But the breakthrough was achieved after about three and half-month of the Burishole encounter.

Suchitra was allegedly involved in more than 16 Maoist attacks including that of Silda camp on EFR jawans in West Midnapore.

Describing her surrender as a gift on the occasion of Holi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Suchitra was encouraged by the peace initiative taken by the Government in Jangalmahal. It was heartening that Maoists are returning to the mainstream.

Banerjee informed that the Government would extend medical facility to injured Suchitra and ensure an economic package for the purpose of rehabilitation.