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64 militants belonging to four terrorist outfits formally laid down their arms before Assam Chief Minister

Guwahati:21/12/20: In a significant development ahead of the next year’s assembly polls, 64 militants belonging to four terrorist outfits on Monday formally laid down their arms before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The terrorists, led by banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) self-styled Deputy Commander-in-Chief Drishti Rajkhowa, self-styled Lt Col. Montu Saikia, self-styled Lt Col. Sagar Topno formally surrendered in a ceremony at the famous Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

The 64 terrorists, including 18 ULFA (I), 32 United People’s Revolutionary Front and 13 Dimasa National Liberation Army and one belomnging to the People’s Democratic Front of Bodoland deposited 14 AK series rifles, one M-20 semi-automatic rifle, 15 pistols, two 9-mm Carbine many other improvised guns and a large quantities of ammunition.

This arms laying ceremony comes after Drishti Rajkhowa surrendered before the security forces in an undisclosed location in South Garo Hills district of southwestern Meghalaya on November 11 night.

The 50-years-old Rajkhowa, who was the ULFA (I)’s second-in-comand after outfit’s chief Paresh Baruah, had surrendered along with four other top cadres of the outfit.

The ULFA (I), which was banned by the government in 1990, has been demanding an independent state of Assam.

Rajkhowa had been suspected to be a part of a shoot-out with police team at Bolbokgre village in South Garo Hills in Meghalaya in March.

Earlier on January 23, a total of 644 militants belonging to different insurgent outfits including ULFA (I) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB- Saoraigwra faction or NDFB-S) laid down their arms in a ceremony at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) auditorium.

On January 30, in all 968 Myanmar based cadres of NDFB (S) surrendered to the government before the historic tri-partite Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) peace accord was signed between the Center, Assam government and the militant outfit.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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