Surrendered ULFA cadres turn social activists

December 22nd, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI  

By Peter Alex Todd
Guwahati, Dec.22 (ANI): Realizing the futility of violence, many low-rung United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres have chosen to return to the mainstream and work for social development and welfare of the society in Assam.
Two hundred surrendered ULFA cadres, disenchantmented with militancy, have come out to the mainstream. They are presently working for the welfare of the society.
Over a period of time they realized that the reason for the backwardness of the state is militant activity. And, they also sensed that militant outfits have used them and others to further their own agenda.
These surrendered individuals are now working for social development and mobilizing the public to bring permanent peace to the State.
Dibankar Moran, one surrendered ULFA Cadre, said: We are doing this to promote a healthy relationship with the people so as to achieve peace and prosperity in the land. We have come out from the jungle for peace. And, we will continue to struggle till we achieve the goal. After the ceasefire, the people of Upper Assam Region have been witnessing peace in the region”.
The Assam government has set up designated four camps for all the cadres and the leaders of the ceasefire group, the 28 battalion A and C company in Nalbari, Moran, Sadiya and Kakopathar.
The State Police and CRPF personnel look after the security of these cadres. They are given financial assistance, security and other daily necessities.
These camps have come as a boon to the cadres who are determined to change their lives completely.
The former cadres of ULFA are today engaged in activities like gardening, poultry, and fishery.
One issue that concerns them is the continuous influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and they believe that this is something that needs to be tackled immediately to prevent major problems in the future.
Prabal Neog, another former ULFA cadre, said: “For the past 29 years, the people of Assam as well as the whole country (India) had witnessed untold miseries such as killings, bombings, etc…And if this trend continues for another 29 years, I am sure that the land of Assam will experience a lot of bloodshed. I consider the continuous influx of Bangladeshi in Assam the main reason for the trouble in the state.”
Agni Dadhara, another former ULFA cadre, said: “We really need peace and the people’’s demand is for permanent peace in Assam. We strongly condemn the recent serial blasts across in Assam. Killing of innocent lives, should be stopped once and forever. Only then real peace will prevail in our land.”
All this reflects the changes taking place in Assam today whose growth and development have been badly affected by almost three decades of militant violence.
The surrendered ULFA cadres have realized that militant activities serve as a hurdle in the State’’s march to progress and prosperity. And this change in perceptions matches that of the Assamese society that wants peace and normalcy for faster growth and development of the state. (ANI)

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