GUWAHATI, Dec 21 - In a major boost to realizing the government�s goal of making an insurgency-free Assam and ushering in lasting peace in the State, 64 militants of four insurgent outfits laid down arms and joined the mainstream in front of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function held at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here today.
On the occasion, 18 militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), including self-styled deputy commander-in-chief Drishti Rajkhowa, People�s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri self-styled C-in-C Ong Teron, 32 members of the United People�s Revolutionary Front and 13 members of the Dimasa National Liberation Army laid down their arms.
The Chief Minister while welcoming the surrendered militants to the mainstream said, �Progress can never be made without peace. Nobody can live peacefully with a heart full of hatred. To take forward the society and family forward, those who took the path of violence must join the mainstream and contribute in nation building.�
Sonowal said the government has taken adequate steps for rehabilitating the members of the insurgent groups who have laid down arms. He requested the surrendered militants to take the benefit of government schemes.
Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, IGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath, Chief Minister�s Media Advisor Hrishikesh Goswami, Chief Minister�s Legal Advisor Santanu Bharali, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Paban Kumar Borthakur, Principal Secretary (Home) Niraj Verma, Additional DGP Harmeet Singh, Commissioner and Secretary (Home and Political) GD Tripathi, GOC 21 Mountain Division of Indian Army SP Singh, ADGP CRPF North East Zone Sanjiv Ranjan Oja, Joint Director SIB Rashmi Sinha and other senior officers were present in the function.
The family members of the four proscribed organisations, gaonburhas from Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts and other leading citizens of the districts also took part in the event.