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Assam: 18 militants lay down arms
K Anurag in Guwahati | March 31, 2008 19:04 IST
At least 18 militants of three proscribed groups, including 13 from the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), laid down arms and surrendered at the base on the 2 Mountain Division of Indian Army at Dinjan in eastern Assam's Tinsukia district on Monday.
The militants surrendered before GOC of 2 Mountain Division, Major General Jatinder Singh and Deputy Commissioner of the Tinsukia district, Dr K K Dwivedi besides other senior Army and district officials.
The Army informed there was one woman cadre among the 13 ULFA militants who came over ground. Three of the militants were from National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). There was one militant each from the Naga rebel groups NSCN-IM and the NSCN-K among the lot.
Most ULFA militants were from the 28th Battalion, the main strike force of the outfit that is active in eastern Assam districts. The 28th battalion of the outfit is responsible for most of the recent bombings in the state.
The surrendered militants deposited one AK 56 rifle, seven pistols, three revolvers and some live ammunition. The Army would lodge the surrendered ultras in a rehabilitation camp that was also inaugurated today. The ultras will be provided vocational training on different crafts of their choice to enable them to earn a livelihood for themselves. They will be provided a monthly stipend during the rehabilitation period.