Guwahati: – A total of 1,039 terrorists, including the most wanted terrorist from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Ingti Songbijit, have surrendered themselves in Assam. The terrorists lay down their arms in front of the Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal. Most of these terrorists are from the Karbi community, and hundreds of Bodo terrorists have surrendered over the last one and a half to two years. Also, many rebel organisations from northeastern India are participating in the peace talks. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that these terrorists, who surrendered, have chosen to join the mainstream.
Five years ago, the peace process started in the northeast, so that the rebel organisations gave up the path of violence and contributed to north East India’s development. Also, it was perceived that the development would be faster if peace prevailed in the region. While taking stern actions against the terrorists operating from Myanmar, the impetus was provided to infrastructure development in the area. The process of rehabilitation of the surrendered terrorists was also started. Therefore, over the last few years, a large number of terrorists from various organisations and their leaders have surrendered, especially in Assam. These also include ULFA terrorists.
The terrorists who surrendered on Wednesday are from terrorist organisations Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger (KPLT), People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), both factions of Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA). Ingti Songbijit, who entered a big organisation like the NDFB and carried out large scale violence and was involved in a major terrorist attack in 2014, also has surrendered. Songbijit left the NDFB a few years ago and formed his own organisation, PDCK. Songbijit is responsible for more than 200 killings. Six years ago, Songbijit was declared as the ‘Most Wanted’ terrorist. He was carrying out his violent activities from Myanmar. Now he has come out of Myanmar and surrendered. 338 weapons were seized from these surrendered terrorists. These include 58 AK-47 rifles, 11 M-16 rifles, eight light machine guns and 11,203 live cartridges.