63 insurgents deliver their weapons in Assam, CM Sonowal welcomes them
Drishti Rajkhowa, former deputy commander-in-chief of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom-Independiente (ULFA-I) and 62 other rebels from four insurgent groups in the region surrendered with arms and ammunition in front of Assam’s chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal Monday.
Rajkhowa, an expert in rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), was the second most important man in ULFA-I after Commander-in-Chief Paresh Baruah. Rajkhowa had surrendered to the security forces in Meghalaya last month.
The rebels of the ULFA-I, the United Revolutionary Front of the Peoples (UPRF), the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), and the Peoples’ Democratic Council delivered a large number of weapons and ammunition, including assault rifles, pistols , grenades, etc. by Karbi Longri (PDCK).
“It is good that several Assamian children participating in anti-national activities have decided to go back to the mainstream and join in the nation building. I welcome you all, ”Sonowal said at a function held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
“Our effort would be to ensure the adequate rehabilitation of those who have abandoned violence. I urge those who have laid down their arms today to take advantage of the various schemes launched by our government to help them, “he added.
This was the third major deposition of arms ceremony by the rebels in Assam this year. In January, three days after the signing of the third Bodo peace pact, 1,615 cadres from three factions of the Bodoland National Democratic Front (NDFB) had renounced their arms.
The same month, 644 rebels from 8 militant groups: ULFA-I, NDFB (S), Kamtapur Liberation Organization, Bengali National Liberation Front, Rabha National Liberation Front, Communist Party of India-Maoist, National Army of Liberation Santhal and Adivasi Dragon Fighter had laid down their arms.
With Monday’s ceremony, the total number of rebels who laid down their arms in such large numbers and joined the mainstream rose to 2,323 this year.