Assam: 246 militants surrendered; Huge cache of arms, explosives deposited
Guwahati: At least 246 militants from two militant groups of United Gorkha Peoples’ Organization (UGPO) and Tiwa Liberation Army (TLA) formally surrendered and laid down arms before the chief minister of Assam at a ceremonial function held at Srimanta Shankardev Kalakhetra here on Thursday.
While 169 UGPO cadres from Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Kamrup(R), Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Udalguri and Sonitpur districts surrendered en-masse, some77 TLA cadres belonging to Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Angiong, Kamrup (M) and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam surrendered in the ceremony.
Both the militant organizations together deposited 277 various types of Arms, grenades and 720 rounds of ammunition before the authority.
UGPO was formed in 2007 was mainly active in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Biswanath districts of Assam. On the other hand TLA was formed in the year 2014 and was mainly active in Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong districts of Assam.
Moreover, in the same ceremony one time financial grant of Rs 1.5 Lakhs each was distributed to the former members of Rabha National Liberation Front (RNLF) – 28, Adivasi Dragon Fighters (ADF) – 61, Muslim Liberation Army (MLA) – 41, National Liberation Front of Bodoland (NLFB) – 303 and United People’s Revolutionary Front (UPRF) – 29 for their rehabilitation.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma distributed the demand drafts of the financial grant to the former members of these organizations.
These five former militant organizations surrendered en-masse before the authorities in the year 2020.