From Maoist Commander To Police Inspector: Sanjay Potam

Malkangiri: Sanjay Potam alias Badru who was with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) for eight years before surrendering in 2013 is now an Inspector in neighbouring State Chhattisgarh.

Badru had joined the Maoists in 2005 and was involved in many violent activities against the security forces. He was once a dreaded commander of Darbha Division Committee of CPI (Maoist) with a bounty of Rs 8 lakh on his head.

But after a few years, he had differences with some leaders in the party. Subsequently, he and his wife Sukki (24), a member of Maoists’ medical team, surrendered before Dantewada police in Chhattisgarh.

Badru was first recruited as a constable in the District Reserve Group (DRG). After five back-to-back promotions in five years, he has risen to the rank of an inspector in Chhattisgarh Police.

After joining the police, Badru has successfully led over 50 counter-insurgency operations in Dantewada. Over 100 Maoists carrying cash rewards of around Rs 5 crores on their head have been killed or arrested during these operations.

In view of his bravery during an exchange of fire in November 2016, where six wanted Maoists were killed, Badru was awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry(PMG) on the occasion of Independence Day, 2021.

Badru said that the award motivates him to carry out more anti-Naxal operations. His life will be an example for other Maoists to surrender before the police and join the mainstream of society.

Abhishek Pallav, SP, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh

Sanjay Potam, Inspector, Dantewada