Assam: Welcoming the dedication of 1040 people from Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts, CM Sonowal said that his government is working to make Assam a militancy-free state.
The militants returned to the mainstream after putting up arms in front of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. (Photo: PTI)
The infamous militant Ingti Kathar Songbijit and 1039 militants belonging to five militant groups decided to return to the mainstream on Tuesday in front of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. All these militants belonged to the Peoples Democratic Council of Karbi Longry (PDCK), Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA).
Songbijit was the head of PDCK. Prior to this he was Commander-in-Chief of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland. He was involved in many incidents including murder. Welcoming the dedication of 1040 people from Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts, Sonowal said that his government is working to make Assam a militancy-free state.
He said, “We are giving all possible help to the youth to return to society.” We are also providing many other help from financial assistance. We will take steps for them further. ”Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Chandra Nath said that the militants also deposited 338 weapons, 11 M-16 guns and four LMGs, including 58 rifles of the AK series. He said that the government will enter into a formal peace agreement with militant groups within the next two days.
However, the unilateral ceasefire by the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Anglong (PDCK) on February 18, before the Union Home Minister Amit Shah took up arms along with six other banned organizations during the February 25 visit to Assam’s Karbi Anglong district Was announced. A senior police official had said that along with the laying down of arms by seven militant organizations like PDCK, Dima Halam Daogah and Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers, the militancy would end in three districts of the state – Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.
PDCK President JK Lijang had said in a statement that the organization has decided to announce a unilateral ceasefire to give impetus to the political resolution of the issues. Lijang hoped that the central government would also show the same seriousness for a amicable political solution to the issues.