GUWAHATI: A top Maoist in Assam has surrendered himself in Guwahati on September 28.
Tingraj Orang surrendered before Additional Director General of Police, Special Branch Hiren Chandra Nath today in Guwahati.
He is the convener of the Assam State Organizing Committee (ASOC) of CPI (Maoist), formed in 2017 in a meeting of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) held in Jharkhand Orissa border. He was General Secretary of Barak and Bramhaputra Valley Zonal Committees of CPI (Maoist) in Assam.
He started his association with Left as a member of SFI and CPM from 1989-99. He was president of the Adivasi Chah Janagoshti Suraksha Committee. Formally joined CPI (Maoist) in 2006 and met Kishan Da (ERB Chief). In 2011 he was arrested in Rourkela, Orissa along with 2 CPI Maoist cadre of Assam- Aditya Bora and Ajoy Sabor.
Orang was in charge of expanding the base of proscribed outfit CPI (Maoist) in Brahmaputra and Barak valleys.
Earlier this month, as many as 57 poachers surrendered their arms and other hunting tools on Wednesday in Kokrajhar and declared to work for the protection of wild animals and forest of the newly-declared Raimana National Park.
The CEM of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Pramod Boro felicitated the poachers who laid down arms. He thanked the NGO, forest officials and poachers for the event.
The chief of BTC appealed to the surrendered poachers and their family members to start a fresh life with dignity and respect for wildlife. Addressing the gathering, Boro said, "Today is World Rhino Day and we will soon reintroduce rhinos in the newly created park. There were rhinos just 70-80 years ago in this area."
For rehabilitation of the reformed families, one-time support Rs. 50,000 in cheque was given to each of them. Two weaving clusters will be set up for the promotion of traditional culture into a business near Raimona National Park. It will contribute to both promotions of community-based tourism and the conservation of traditional skills of local communities.