Sixty-four militants belonging to different militant outfits laid down arms in a ceremonial surrender on December 21 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. Out of the surrendered 64 cadres, 18 belonged to the banned ULFA (I).
Drishti Rajkhowa, the deputy commander-in-chief active in lower Assam and Meghalaya before he surrendered to Military Intelligence in November in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya was present in the ceremony. Others include self styled (SS) Lieutenant Colonel Montu Saikia and SS Lieutenant Sagar Topno.
Ong Teron, the commander-in-chief of the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) was also among those who surrendered today.
Of the 64 militants who laid down arms, 18 are from ULFA (I), 32 are from United People’s Revolutionary Front, a Kuki militant outfit active in Singhasan Hills of Karbi Anglong, 13 from Dimasa National Liberation Army, active in Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills since 2018, and one from People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK).
Weapons handed over to the authorities include 14 AK rifles, one m-20 semi-automatic rifle, 15 pistols, two 9mm Carbine, one Lethod gun, 20 Lethod shells, radio handset, etc.
Assam Police and state government officials credited the decline in militancy to the co-ordination between the police, Indian Army, paramilitary and central intelligence agencies under the Unified Command Structure.
Authorities said all the cadres who have joined mainstream are being rehabilitated under the revised scheme of the GoI for Rehabilitation of NE Militants. They will also be provided with a stipend of Rs 6,000 a month. After the completion of three years, each of them will receive an amount of Rs 4 lakh as one-time grant money, subject to good behaviour.