(Since 2016, over 700 militants have surrendered and joined the mainstream society. Picture Source -The Telegraph )
A total of 1040 militants of five outfits laid down their arms in an Arms Laying Down ceremony held in Guwahati on Tuesday.
1040 militants including most wanted in Adivasi massacre of 2014 Ingti Kathar Songbijit laid down arms before Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and joined the mainstream society. The militants belong to Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPTL), People's Democratic Council of Karbi Longri( PDCK), Karbi Longri N C Hills Liberation Front ( KLNLF), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF), and United People's Liberation Army(UPLA) surrendered in the ceremony.
Militants surrender 338 different types of weapons including AK series rifles, grenades, guns, pistols along 11203 bullets.
Songbijit is the chief of PDCK. He was earlier the commander in chief of the National Democratic Front of Boroland.
The Assam government has introduced policy ' Santrashmukt Asom' with three strategies to make militants lay down arms and rehabilitate them. Under the Rehabilitation Scheme for North East militants, each member will receive Rs. 6000 per month as a stipend and one-time grant money of Rs. four lakh at the end of three years subject to good behavior.
Assam CM welcomed the move of these militants. He said that his govt. is committed to make Assam a terror-free state. " We are giving financial help as well as logistic support. We will continue to do that," He added.
Since 2016, over 700 militants have surrendered and joined the mainstream society. They are being rehabilitated under the revised Rehabilitation Scheme for North East.