National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) extremist M Batha, the insurgent leader who had returned to the jungles after the Bodoland Council elections last year, surrendered before the Assam on Thursday.

M Batha and 22 members of the NLFB laid down their arms in the presence of Assam cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika, Chief Executive Member of Bodoland Territorial Council Pramod Boro, Assam CM’s political adviser Jayanta Malla Baruah and Special DGP of Assam Police (L&W) GP Singh.

Batha and his associates were escorted by a team of Assam Police.

Cabinet minister Pijush Hazarika took to Twitter to welcome the rebel group. “In response to HCM @himantabiswa Sir’s appeal, 23 leaders and members of NLFB including their Chief, M. Batha have finally returned home. In Udalguri, MLA @jayanta_malla, BTC Chief @PramodBoroBTR, SDGP AIGP and I welcomed them back on behalf of the Government of Assam.”

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also welcomed NLFB’s decision to return to the mainstream. “Further peace dawns in BTR with the homecoming of NFLB top cadres to mainstream. A great leap forward towards a peaceful Assam. Sharing live visuals of the event. Grateful to Adarniya Griha Mantri Shri @AmitShah ji for his constant guidance and support.” Sarma tweeted.

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