Diphu June 2 2023: Thirty nine cadres of Adivasi ethnic militant group, Adivasi People’s Liberation Army led by the group’s commander-in-chief laid down their arms before Assam Police and Assam Rifles in Bokajan subdivision of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district today. The formal surrender ceremony was held at Bokajan police station ground.
The surrendered militants deposited a hefty cache of arms and ammunition, together with classy guns and grenades, at the surrender formal procedure in the presence of Inspector General of Police Assam Rifles and Superintendent of Police Karbi Anglong.
Assam Rifles Effort
Claiming that Assam Rifles have remained most instrumental behind the peaceful return of the ultras in the mainstream, Inspector General of Police Assam Rifles Devojyoti Mukherjee told the media that this has been possible due to the joint efforts of the Assam Police and Assam Rifles. “The cadres realized that it is pointless to chase terrorist activities and have decided to re-join the mainstream population. They had deposited several arms and ammunition, including sophisticated weapons, pistols and grenades,” Mukherjee said.
Police have informed that thirty one pieces of weapons, together with three AK series rifles, nineteen pistols, five assorted rifles, two grenades and mixed caliber live ammunition, were handed over by the surrendering militants.
Adivasi People’s Liberation Army Commander
Adivasi People’s Liberation Army’s self-styled commander in chief Sahil Munda, who led his cadres in the surrender’s formal procedure, later told the media that his outfit was shaped as a break-away faction of Adivasi National Liberation Army in 2019 with around 125 members.
“We moved away from the Adivasi National Liberation Army for personal reasons. After considering the development taking place in Assam under the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led BJP government and seeing problems of the Adivasi community are being addressed, we have decided to return to the mainstream,” Munda said.