Six ULFA(I) militants surrender before police

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June  21: Six ULFA(I) militants have laid down their weapons before police, an Assam Police statement claimed here on Thursday.

The surrendered militants have been identified as: Pranab Gogoi @ Suklang Asom (35- sergeant), Apurba Moran @ Mridu Asom (24- Lance Corporeal), Satyajit Moran @ Manab Asom (30- Sergeant), Jishu Doley @ Syang Asom (28 – Sergeant Major), Rituraj Moran @ Durlav Asom (31 – Lance Corporeal) and Abhijit Gohain @ Anuj Asom (27- Sergeant Major).

The surrendered militants were presented before the media here. The surrendered militants deposited an AK-56 rifle, a MQ-81 rifle, a HK-33 rifle, two grenades, several magazines and ammunitions, five camouflage dress, cooking equipments,  solar lamps and chargers, boots, tarpaulins and mats.

Later, the director general of police Kuladhar Saikia said the militants, members of the outfit’s Arakkan camp along the Myanmar-Arunachal Pradesh border, had contacted the police in Tinsukia and expressed their desire to surrender as they were fed up with the ULFA leadership.

He said that the militants were brought to Guwahati where the Special Branch would conduct their detailed examination as per the Centre’s recent surrender policy.

The militants have been in the outfit for quite some time and had cited dissatisfaction with the leadership as the primary reason for leaving the outfit and returning to the mainstream, it said.

“The ULFA(I) cadres were fed up with the activities of their leaders like kidnapping of indigenous workers of tea gardens, destroying the tea industry in Assam through extortions, difficulties faced in Myanmar and scant regard of the leaders to resolve their problems”, the DGP said.

Besides, the militants found it difficult to make an entry into Assam from the camps due to sustained presence of security forces along the border, he added. “If this trend continues, more cadres may come forward to surrender”, he added.

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