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12 militants surrender in Assam

Tamulpur (Assam) Oct 31. Twelve militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, based in Bhutan, surrendered to the Army at a function today in the Army camp here.

Five of the extremists belonged to the ULFA, led by self-styled `corporal' Himan Deuri of the outfit's dreaded `Enigma-A' group, while the seven NDFB militants were headed by `corporal' Randip Patgiri.

The battle fatigue-attired rebels laid down their arms before Brigadier Jatinder Singh. These included American G-3 rifle, AK-47 assault rifle, 7.62 mm rifle, 9-mm pistol, 9-mm stengun, grenades and assorted ammunition.

Welcoming them to the mainstream, Brig. Singh said that the "pathetic situation' in the militant camps and constant pressure by security forces compelled them to surrender.

Talking to reporters later, Patgiri said that the ULFA, KLO and other militant outfits' cadres regularly visited the NDFB's Rijouri transit camp, to which he belonged, located in the Bhutan hills.

Assuring the gathering that no fresh recruitments were made of late, he said that the NDFB commander-in-chief, Ranjan Daimary, whom he had met three times, was not in the Bhutan camps. — PTI

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