Over 500 militants surrender in Assam.

militants surrender in AssamGuwahati: In Assam, more than 500 militants from nine different separatist groups of the state laying down arms to join the mainstream, the reports said.

This is being happened in Guwahati with union Home Minister P. Chidambaram likely to be present, besides Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and senior army, police, and civil officials.

Gogoi told that “We are happy that influential militant groups operating in the state have agreed to surrender en masse to join the mainstream and begin formal talks with the government.”

The nine groups are part of two chief ethnic groups, the tribal Kukis in eastern Assam and the Adivasis inhabiting the northern and western parts of Assam.

A senior Assam police official said that “Five of the groups are from the Adivasi community and four from the Kuki tribe and we are expecting anything between 500 to 600 militants to surrender along with weapons and ammunition before the home minister.”

All the nine militant groups are already examining cease-fire with the government, though formal peace talks are yet to start. Most of these groups were either fighting for secession, or some for greater autonomy.

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