As many as 1,179 Bru militants belonging to two organizations surrendered on Monday in Assam’s Hailakandi district. Police gave this information.
Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Chandra Nath said the militants belonging to United Democratic Liberation Front of Barak Valley (UDLF-BV) and Bru Revolutionary Army of Union (BRAU) had seized 350 firearms including 18 AK rifles, M16 rifles and over 400 weapons. Also handed over more cartridges.
Both the outfits were mostly active in the areas along the Assam-Mizoram border.
“The peace process with both these groups was going on since 2017. There were some differences but under the guidance of Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sharma, we were able to persuade them to come to the negotiating table.
“Other formalities and rehabilitation process will start soon. We will take this process forward in such a way that no new militant group is formed in the region in future” he said.
Officials said these militants, who had already struck a ceasefire with the security forces, on Monday finally formally laid down their arms before Assam Assembly Speaker Bishwajit Daimary and state Water Resources Minister Piyush Hazarika.
According to the police, the militant organizations were active in the Assam-Mizoram border areas, especially in Hailakandi district, in the 90s, and were accused of involvement in the murder of BJP leader Pratul Deb.