644 militants from 8 insurgent groups surrender in Assam

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others during the Arms Laying Ceremony at GMCH auditorium, in Guwahati, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A total of 644 militants of eight banned insurgent outfits surrendered in Assam today along with 177 arms. (PTI Photo)

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others during the Arms Laying Ceremony at GMCH auditorium, in Guwahati, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A total of 644 militants of eight banned insurgent outfits surrendered in Assam today along with 177 arms. (PTI Photo)

A total of 644 militants of eight banned insurgent outfits surrendered in Assam on Thursday along with 177 arms, police said.

The members of the insurgent groups — ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB — surrendered in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme here.

“This is an important day for the state and the Assam Police. Altogether 644 cadres and leaders of eight militant groups laid down their arms,” Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told reporters.

He said it was one of the largest surrender of militants in recent times.

(PTI)