The maximum commander of the banned ULFA (I), Dhristi Rajkhowa, surrenders
The deputy commander-in-chief of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), Dhristi Rajkhowa, surrendered to the Meghalaya police on Wednesday night in a great success for the security forces.
He is being escorted by the Meghalaya police to Assam, where they will hand him over to his counterparts. Sources report that the army wanted to take possession of the militant, but the Meghalaya police denied it and intended to hand him over to the Assam police.
Rajkhowa, with his four bodyguards, surrendered after an intense encounter with the elite SF10 commandos of the Meghalaya Police around 6 p.m. in an area of the South Garo Hills district, high-ranking police sources confirmed to HT .
“True, Rajkhowa has given up and currently there is still movement, so we are not in a position to comment further. Suffice it to say that it happened tonight, ”said a senior police official requesting anonymity.
An AK-81 assault rifle with two 90-round magazines, two magazine pistols and ammunition were recovered from the rebel leader and his team.
Sources further told HT that the rebel leader was on the run lately after two encounters with the Meghalaya police nearly brought him online. The first was in March in the village of Bolbokgre in the same district and as recently as October 20 when he narrowly escaped an encounter with Meghalaya police commandos in the village of Bolchokgre also in the same district.
“Since then he has been under tremendous pressure and has been on the run trying to avoid our teams because we were constantly keeping warm,” the official said.
Rajkhowa, known to be a close confidant of Paresh Baruah, the ULFA (I) commander-in-chief, is an explosives expert and is also a member of the rebel group’s central committee. His skill and loyalty to Baruah earned him a promotion to the current position of deputy commander-in-chief in November 2011.