TURA, Jan 21 - In the aftermath of the spate of surrenders by militants belonging to various outfits, the North Garo Hills police provided counselling to 10 surrendered cadres at Mendipathar police station recently.
The cadres belong to Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), A�chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), A�chik National Liberation Army (ANLA) and United Garo Security Force (UGSF).
�We wanted to infuse in them that they should abide by law and cooperate with police in minimising insurgent activities in Garo Hills�, said Ramesh Singh, SP of North Garo Hills district.
Father Viju Paul from Mendipathar Parish appreciated the move of the surrendered cadres to abjure violence. He further praised them for being courageous in taking a decision with good faith for the interest of peace in Garo Hills. He further urged them to convince their friends to surrender as well.
The surrendered cadres spoke during the counselling session and narrated the ordeal they faced in the jungles.
Public anger and continuous police operations against rebels in North Garo Hills has forced them to come forward and surrender. Police expect more surrenders in the coming days.
Sources said that the Meghalaya Government has received feelers from several outfits expressing willingness to join the mainstream. However, their names are yet to be made official. In the past several months, about 95 cadres have surrendered before police.