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32 insurgents surrender in Assam

india Updated: Jun 24, 2008 16:33 IST

Altogether 32 insurgents of various outfits like ULFA, NSCN-IM and NSCN-K bade farewell to arms on Tuesday before the army in upper Assam's Mariani and deposited assorted weapons and ammunition.

Of them, 26 were ULFA militants, including two women, five 'sergeant majors' and as many 'sergeants' while the rest being privates. Besides, four NSCN-IM and two NSCN-K ultras laid down arms before Brig MJ Mathew, commander of the Dah Artilerry Brigade, at a function in the army cantonment in Mariani.

They deposited two AK-47 rifles, 13 pistols, eight 12-bore rifles, four grenades, two revolvers and a carbine.

Among the ULFA extremists who are from its elite strike force 28 battalion, save one from the 27 battalion, are the proscribed outfit's senior leaders `sgt maj' Numal Chetia and his wife Bonty Chetia. Both were trained in Bhutan.

The other woman surrenderee is 28 battalion cultural secretary Ritumani Hazarika and a close associate of the battalion's arrested dreaded commander Prabal Neog.

The militants told reporters that they surrendered as their dreams were shattered by their leaders and were facing all kinds of problems while the top ULFA bosses enjoyed a comfortable life.

Asked if the ULFA or the 28 battalion would declare ceasefire, they said, that was not possible under the present situation. "We have not received any such instruction from our top leaders", they added.

Welcoming them into the mainstream Brig Mathew said, the 32 would be sent to the army's rehabilitation camp at Dinjan in Dibrugarh for undergoing technical training, and could apply for the army recruitment tests if they fulfilled the required criteria.