Assam: On Saturday, a top leader of the United Liberation Front of Asom - (Independent) surrendered before the Assam Police. The ULFA-I leader who has decided to join the mainstream is Jugen Mili, who is popularly known as Himalay Asom.
Mili is the third ULFA-I leader to surrender in a year after Drishti Rajkhowa and Jibon Moran quit militancy and returned to the mainstream.
Interestingly, Jibon Moran, who was also a senior leader of the ULFA-I, had surrendered before the Dibrugarh police just a few months ago.
Himalay Asom had joined the United Liberation Front of Asom in 1996. He hails from Disangmukh, Dokla which is located in the district of Sivasagar in Assam.
After being involved in militancy, Mili is finally ready to go back home after 25 years.
The news of Himalay Asom's surrender comes as a big relief to the Assam government who is working day and night to bring militancy down in the state.
Last month, former ULFA leader Dwipen Khataniar had made headlines for his bamboo craft.
Dwipen Khataniar, who had once served as a leader of the ULFA, now works as a producer of bamboo crafts. The former ULFA leader had come up with the idea of producing crafts made of bamboo during the lockdown imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khataniar has now become a reputed bamboo artisan who is respected and admired by many. A resident of Pathsala in the district of Balaji in Assam, the former ULFA leader now spends most of his time making decorative crafts out of bamboos at his home.
Khataniar had joined the ULFA in 1984 and served as a well-respected leader before surrendering in the year 1993.