25th Feb 2021 | Kanam Vaiphei
Over one thousand Assam militants join mainstream
Guwahati: In a major boost to realize Assam an insurgency-free State,
over one thousand armed militants join the peace process responding to
the clarion call of BJP led State government in Dispur. Ushering in
lasting peace for the region, 1040 militants including g dreaded
insurgent leader Ingti Kathar Songbijit laid down their arms on 23
February. The rebels deposited 338 arms of different kinds along with
Militants belong to five Karbi Anglong based armed outfits namely
Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT), People’s Democratic
Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front
(KLNLF), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and United People’s Liberation
Army (UPLA) surrendered in presence of State chief minister Sarbananda
Sonowal, also in charge of home portfolio, at a function held in
Shrimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra.
Welcoming the militants to mainstream society, Sonowal also
congratulated them for deciding to give up arms with an aim to repose
faith in the Indian constitution. He commented that Karbi Anglong is
one of the most beautiful districts in the region and urged the
surrendered rebels to contribute in making Aatmanirbhar Assam through
an self-dependent Karbi hills region.
Mentioning about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavour of equal
development in every corner of the country, Assam is making rapid
strides towards prosperity, stated Sonowal adding that Dispur’s role
is not limited to only bring back the militants but also to ensure a
dignified livelihood for them.
He appreciated Karbi Anglong autonomous council’s chief
executive member Tuliram Ronghang for his initiative to bring peace
and prosperity to the hills district with supports from the unified
command structure comprising State police, army personnel,
paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies. Sonowal also
appreciated Asom Sahitya Sabha’s former president Rong Bong Terang
and representatives of Karbi Sahitya Sabha & Karbi cultural society
for their presence in the function.
State chief secretary Jishnu Baruah, police chief Bhaskar Jyoti
Mahanta, CM’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami, Parliamentarian Haren
Singh Bey, additional police chief (special branch) Hiren Nath,
additional police chief (law & order) GP Singh, senior Indian Army
officer SP Singh, with a number of Karbi village heads, local
leading citizens etc were also present on the occasion.