Shillong: Junel Tongper, a cadre of the banned militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) surrendered before BSF Meghalaya Frontier Inspector General Inderjit Singh Rana at the Border Outpost Umkiang in East Jaintia Hills district on Thursday.

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Tongper was deployed as an area commander in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya and is a resident of Lumphyllut village in Umkiang. He joined the outfit in 2010, and after training, worked for the outfit. He was apprehended by the Meghalaya Police in 2015 but later released on bail following which he absconded. He re-joined the outfit in Nov 2020 and was based at Panaipunjee under PS Kulaura of Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh.

The surrendered cadre stated that he, like other unemployed and less-educated youths, was a victim misled and misguided by the banned outfit HNLC.

Tongper told the BSF that the HNLC took advantage of his simplicity, innocence and economic situation and lured him to join the outfit. thereafter, they exploited him for their unlawful activity and malafide intentions.

The BSF informed that they had been in touch with Tongper for the last year. “The restless and intense efforts of BSF bore the fruits, and finally Junel Tongper was motivated to join the mainstream. It’s a huge blow to the militancy in Meghalaya, and more such misguided youths will join the mainstream in times to come,” mentioned IG Rana.

The cadre’s family members also expressed gratitude towards the BSF following the homecoming of Tongper.

Rana also added that BSF Meghalaya is making efforts to help such misguided youths join the mainstream. The BSF also assured to provide skill development and vocational training and a remuneration following the surrender.

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