He was arrested in 2002 along with 31 others for giving weapon training to youngsters at Onnakarai forest area in Uthangarai Taluk near Krishnagiri district.
Acting on a tip off, the Q branch police had raided and nabbed the extremists. Bhagat Singh, who was then less than 18 years, was sent to an Observation Home and later booked under the stringent Prevention of Terrorism Act.
In 2012, he came out on bail, but thereafter failed to appear in court and went into hiding. On Friday, Bhagat Singh surrendered before P Rajan, Superintendent of Police, Salem district, in the presence of his advocate Hari Babu.
“After coming out on bail, I worked as a daily wager, but went into hiding due to police harassment. I am now working in a private firm. Police are trying to eliminate me in an encounter me just like Devaraj, Kuppusamy and Ajitha, who were killed in the last six months for their Maoist ideologies,” he said.
Bhagat Singh said that police have picked up two of his roommates to know about his whereabouts. “As I have surrendered, they should let my friends free,” he said.
Bhagat Singh said that the Union government is funding several crores to eliminate Maoists. “In order to utilize those funds, police are picking up former persons to kill them in an encounter. I did not surrender fearing for life, but only to prove that all encounters executed against Maoists by police are fake,” he said.