The feared activist Ingti Kathar Songbijit and 1,039 other members of five groups laid down their arms in front of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday to return to the mainstream.
The activists belong to the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), the Front for the Liberation of the Hills of Karbi Longri NC (KLNLF), the People’s Liberation Tiger of Karbi (KPLT), the Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and to the United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA).
Songbijit is the head of the PDCK. He was previously the commander-in-chief of the banned National Democratic Front in Boroland.
He has been involved in several incidents of massacres, mostly from minority communities, in the former territorial districts of Bodoland. Songbijit was dismissed after the NDFB’s Ranjan Daimary faction suspended operations. He then formed the PDCK in the Karbi Anglong district.
Welcoming the 1,040 capitulants of Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts into the mainstream, Sonowal said his government was working to make Assam a state without terror.
“We are providing all possible support to young people returning to society. We are providing financial aid as well as logistical support. We will continue to do so,” he added.
Activists laid down 338 weapons, including 58 AK-series rifles, 11 M-16 rifles and four LMGs, said additional director general of police (special branch) Hiren Chandra Nath.
A formal peace agreement will be signed by the government with the insurgent groups within the next two days, he said.
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