Two ULFA militants belonging to the outfit’s 28th battalion surrendered before the Lakhimpur district Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday.

Self-styled Lance corporals Budheswar Dutta (26) and Debashish Bhuyan (27), who had been trained at Kachin in Myanmar, surrendered before DC Jayanta Narlikar at his office premises, officials said.

Asked by newsmen whether they surrendered because their chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa had been arrested, Dutta and Bhuyan said, “Even if Rajkhowa was still at large we would have come out of ULFA as we were disillusioned with it. ULFA today has no relation with its intentions of 30 years ago“.

The duo said they were under the direct control of 28th battalion’s area commander Rajib Das and had fled from the outfit’s Majuli camp in Jorhat district when they were ‘on duty’

An India-made 9mm pistol with 10 rounds of live cartridges and a magazine as well as an Italy-made 7.65mm pistol with seven rounds of cartridges and a magazine was deposited by them, the officials said.