38 insurgents surrender in Assam with cache of arms

December 16th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Dec 16 (IANS) Thirty-eight separatist insurgents Tuesday surrendered before authorities in Assam, saying they were frustrated with life underground, officials said.The surrendered rebels also deposited a large number of arms and explosives with army authorities at the 2nd Mountain Division headquarters at Dinjan in eastern Assam.

Those who laid down arms are: 28 from the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), seven from the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), and three from the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF).

“The militants deposited 16 pistols, 10 revolvers, a grenade launcher, six guns, a pen pistol, a carbine, 10 kg of explosives, and ammunition,” said Maj. Gen. Jatinder Singh, General Officer Commanding of the 2nd Mountain Division.

The surrender by the 28 ULFA rebels has come as a major setback to the outfit that is already reeling under the impact of a ceasefire by two of its potent striking units - the A and C companies of the ULFA’s 28th battalion.

“We were treated like animals by our leaders who led a luxurious life abroad,” one of the surrendered ULFA militant said, requesting not to be named.

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