India News: A total of 1,040 insurgents in Assam belonging to five different groups have publicly surrendered their arms in front of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other top senior officials of State Police and Army. The surrender of arms was ceremoniously conducted at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra at Guwahati.
At the ceremony, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Majhanta, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Tuliram Ranghong and other top officials of Assam Police and Indian Army were also present along with Assam Chief Minister. The surrender was led by PDCK Chief Ingti Kathar Songbijit, the leader People’s Democratic Council of Karbi (PDCK).
The PDCK leader had been known to be involved in various massacres and assaults cases. IK Songbijit was before the commander-in-chief of National Democratic Front of Bodoland. He was seen as a representative of the Bodo people once despite not being a Bodo, but of the Karbi ethnicity. He had a Rs. 10 lakh bounty on his head once by the government.
The militants belong to five groups that are; People’s Democratic Front Council of Karbi (PDFCK), Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation (KLNCHLF), Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger, Kulki Liberation Front, United People’s Liberation Army.
The militants had surrendered over 300+ rifles and their ammunitions. 58 of them were of the AK series and 11 of them were of M-16s and other unknown LMGs as well as per ADGP Hirendra Chandra Nath.
After the surrender the militants are usually subject to rehabilitation under the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme for North East. Under this scheme, once the rehab is done each cadre will receive an amount of Rs.6000/ month at the end of three years. And, with respect to good behaviour, a one time grant of nearly Rs.4 lakhs will also be given.