GUWAHATI: 644 rebels belonging to eight insurgent groups- ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB- surrendered in Arms Laying Down Ceremony held at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) Auditorium today. Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, as well as various police officials, present during the event welcomed the move.
177 assorted weapons were collected during the event.
50 cadres from ULFA (I), eight from National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Saoraigwra (NDFB-S), six from Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO),13 from Rabha National Liberation Front (RNLF), 301 from National Liberation Front of Bengali (NLFB), 87 from National Santhal Liberation Army (NSLA), one from CPI (Maoist) and 178 rebels from Adivasi Dragon Fighter (ADF) surrendered during the event, according to media reports.
“The government will extend all possible assistance to you. My appeal to you is that wherever you live, you work to create an environment of peace,” CM Sonowal said. The CM welcomed the move and urged the youngsters to integrate back into mainstream society.
"This is an important day for the state and the Assam Police. Altogether 644 cadres and leaders of eight militant groups laid down their arms," Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told reporters.
This month, the NDFB(S) (National Democratic Front of Boroland) and the Centre had entered into cessation of hostilities, and an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was set to be signed between the two parties soon.