ULFA-I Cadres are Nayan Patmaut, alias Bikash Axom, and Deepak Hatibarua, alias Dibya Axom
Guwahati, November 25, 2023: In a significant development, two active members of the banned separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) surrendered to the police in Sonari, Charaideo district. The duo, identified as Nayan Patmaut, alias Bikash Axom, and Deepak Hatibarua, alias Dibya Axom, also handed over a substantial cache of weapons.
Details of the Surrender
The surrender took place in a carefully coordinated operation by the Assam Police. The two cadres, who have been part of the outlawed organization for several years, turned themselves in, relinquishing two grenades, two 9mm pistols, and 25 live rounds. This act of surrender is seen as a significant blow to ULFA-I.
The surrender of these cadres is a positive development for the security situation in Assam. It could potentially encourage more members of such insurgent groups to lay down arms and seek peaceful reintegration into society.
The Assam government has various rehabilitation programs aimed at helping former militants return to a normal life, which might have influenced the decision of these individuals.
Following their surrender, the individuals have been taken into custody, and legal proceedings are underway. The Assam Police have not disclosed further details about the legal charges or the potential outcomes for the surrendered cadres.
The Assam government, along with the central government, has been actively working to curb insurgency in the region. Efforts include military operations, intelligence-based policing, and offering surrender-cum-rehabilitation policies for insurgents. These policies aim to address the root causes of militancy and provide viable alternatives to violence.