A total of 1,179 Bru militants belonging to two proscribed outfits – United Democratic Liberation Front of Barak Valley (UDLF-BV) and Bru Revolutionary Army of Union (BRAU) surrendered in Assam’s Hailakandi district on Monday.
According to the Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) – Hiren Chandra Nath, the insurgents laid down 350 firearms, including 18 AK series rifles, M16 rifles, and over 400 cartridges.
He claimed that both the terror groups were active mostly in regions along the Assam-Mizoram border.
“The peace process with these two groups had been underway since 2017. There were some differences but under the guidance of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, we could convince them to come to the negotiating table,” he said.
“Other formalities and rehabilitation process will begin soon. We will take the process forward in such a manner that no new militant group is formed in the area in future,” added the senior police official.
The militants, who were already in ceasefire with security forces, formally laid down their arms before the Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly – Biswajit Daimary and state Water Resources Minister – Pijush Hazarika.