700 Militants Surrender in Assam

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    700 militants surrender in Assam
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    GUWAHATI: From guns to roses, life for close to 700 militants from nine separatist groups in Assam turned full circle on Tuesday when they laid down arms to join the mainstream in the presence of Union home minister P Chidambaram.In one of northeast India's biggest surrender ceremonies in Assam's main city of Guwahati, a total of 676 militants laid down weapons and in return received roses from the home minister. "Leave the past behind and look at the future positively. We assure that each one of you would be treated equally and be able to lead a life of dignity and honour," Chidambaram said.
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    The nine groups are part of two major ethnic groups - the tribal Kukis in eastern Assam and the Adivasis inhabiting the northern and western parts of Assam.Among the major groups that surrendered were the Kuki Revolutionary Army, the Hmar People's Convention, the Birsa Commando Force, and the Adivasi Cobra Militant of Assam. All the nine militant groups are already observing ceasefires with the government, although formal peace talks are yet to begin. Most of these groups were either fighting for secession, or some for greater autonomy.
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    "We have realised the futility of an armed struggle and decided to join the mainstream with the sincere hope that our grievances could be resolved through negotiations with the government," Javerez Khaka, chairman of the Adivasi Cobra Militant of Assam, told IANS soon after laying down arms.Donning camouflage fatigues and bandanas, most of the militants recounted the hard life in the jungles and their acts of violence. "Life was hard in the jungles and at times we regret when our attacks leads to loss of lives of innocent civilians," a battle hardened Kuki rebel said requesting not to be named.
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    Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, senior army, police, and civil officials, were also present at the surrender ceremony."This could be the beginning of a new dawn of peace and hope in Assam. Surely today is a historic day for Assam and we hope a few more factions opposed to the peace process also realise the futility of an armed struggle and join the mainstream," the chief minister told reporters. Barring the anti-talk faction of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom ( ULFA) led by the elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, almost all the influential rebel groups in Assam are now either holding talks with the government or in peace mode."Now almost all the militant groups operating in Assam have joined the mainstream and just a few factions are only active," Khagen Sharma, chief of the Assam police Special Branch, said. According to plans, the government would lodge these militants in designated camps until peace accords are signed with the government following formal talks.
     
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    that good to know
     
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    Still many more to go!
     
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    What do they do with these people after they have surrendered? Taken into armed forces or use their knowledge and experience to fight terrorism?
     
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    are you sure they are militants?
     
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    If they are militants, use their knowledge and them to fight the militant as a separate body/ organisation.
     
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    Yes, use them to help end other acts of militancy, and help unify their ideals and that of the mainstream populace.
     
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    welcome to mainstream of India.
     
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    Birsa Commando Force (BCF) and the Adivasi Cobra Military of Assam (ACMA) had signed suspension of operations (SoOs) in 2001 and 2004 respectively. This surrender ceremony has involved long drawn out efforts of many agencies and hard work on their part over a period of time.
     
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    Biggest Arms Surrender To PC By 9 Rebel Groups

    Biggest Arms Surrender To PC By 9 Rebel Groups



    GUWAHATI: Militancy-hit Assam was able to shirk off this tag on Tuesday with the biggest surrender of over 1,600 cadres of nine outfits in a day. However, a few remnant groups, including Ulfa hardliners led by Paresh Baruah, did not join the peace process.
    An assortment of about 201 small and big weapons were deposited by the groups comprising five Adivasi, three Kuki and a Hmar outfit, before Union home minister P Chidambaram and chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Welcoming the cadres back into the mainstream, the home minister said, "We can build a great India, a great economy and we ask you all to join us in this glorious task of nation building."

    Gogoi, on the other hand, reiterated his appeal to Baruah and his group to join the peace process. "Our doors are open for those who are willing to join the peace process but we will firmly deal with hardliners," he said.

    Hailing the mega arms surrender ceremony, the home minister said, "Not often do we see so many groups, which have taken the path of militancy, returning to the path of peace, reconciliation and brotherhood. We believe that in our republic and democracy every voice deserves to be heard and all differences can be settled through talks and consultations."

    Chidambaram said, "In the past couple of years, we have reached out to several outfits. We have signed the suspension of operation with the pro-talks faction of Ulfa, we have signed a memorandum of settlement with UPDS and negotiations with the DHD(J) are in the final stages. We expect a memorandum very soon, talks with DHD(N) are progressing well and talks with the NDFB (Progressive) will continue. Talks with the KLNLF are also progressing and the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has declared unilateral ceasefire."

    The nine outfits, Kuki Revolutionary Army, United Kukigram Defence Army, Hmar People's Convention (D), Kuki Liberation Army, Adivasi Cobra Military of Assam, Birsa Commando Force, Santhal Tiger Force, All Adivasi National Liberation Army and Adivasi People's Army had earlier declared a ceasefire. Chidambaram added, "We assure you that the government of India and the government of Assam will treat everyone of you as equal citizens with honour and dignity."

    Also present at the ceremony were the 4th Corps GoC Lt Gen Shakti Gurung, 3rd Corps GoC Lt Gen Dalbir, director general of police and chairman of the Operational Group (Unified Command), J N Choudhury, GoC, Red Horns division Major General R N Nairand GoC Red Shield Maj Gen Binoy Poonnen.

    The additional director general of Assam Police (special branch), who was responsible for the arms surrender ceremony, said, "All major outfits have finally come to the peace process except a few remnants and deserter groups."


    Biggest arms surrender to PC by 9 rebel groups - The Times of India
     
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    1,450 Militants Arrested Last Year in Assam

    GUWAHATI: Nearly 1,450 cadres of different militant groups were arrested across the state last year and a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized, Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya informed the Assembly.

    "During 2015, the security forces apprehended 1,449 cadres of different militant groups," Acharya said in his address to the House on the first day of the February Session.
    The Governor's speech, which was disrupted due to interruption by a united opposition, was considered read.


    "The security forces also recovered 577 assorted arms, 15,515 rounds of live ammunition, 58 IEDs, 307 grenades, 144 kg of explosives, 2,979 detonators and cash amounting to Rs 29,85,510 from different extremist elements," he added.


    Acharya also said 58 militants and 10 civilians were killed last year in encounters, while 49 other people were kidnapped in extremist-related incidents.

    "Identification of one module of JMB in the state in the wake of the blast in Khagragarh, Burdwan district, West Bengal, led to the arrest of 30 members of the module from Barpeta, Nalbari and Chirang districts of Assam as well as recovery of 10 bombs," he added.
    Acharya said efforts are going on to apprehend the remaining members of the module.
    Currently 13 militant groups are on the path of joining the mainstream after laying down their arms, he said.

    "My government would also like to appeal to Shri Paresh Baruah and his faction of the ULFA and other insurgent groups to give up the path of violence and come back to the national mainstream in the interest of the people of Assam and the country at large," he added.

    On the illegal immigrants issue, Acharya said 2.26 lakh cases are pending before various foreigners tribunal, including transferred IM(D)T and 'D' voter cases.
    "My government has made available the services of over 39,000 state employees for the purpose of NRC updation," he added.

    The Governor said the contribution of agriculture to GDP has increased by 40 per cent currently compared to 2000-01 with the sector witnessing a growth of 3.16 per cent during the 2014-15 financial year.
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