File Photograph: Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on November 12 said that the surrender of Drishti Rajkhowa, a close confidant of United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah, will ensure long lasting peace in the Garo Hills region of the state.

Drishti Rajkhowa, along with four other cadres – Yashin Ali, Rup Jyoti Rabha, Babul Rabha and Rahul Hazarika – surrendered to security forces and central agencies at Dilsengre village, South Garo Hills district on November 11.

They were then handed over to Assam Police by the Meghalaya Police to complete other legal formalities.

“Rajkhowa was under tremendous pressure from Meghalaya Police as they had launched an operation to prevent militancy activities and ensure that they are not allowed to raise their ugly heads in Garo Hills,” Sangma said.

“He (Drishti Rajkhowa) was under tremendous pressure from the state police and that forced him to surrender. The coordination of the state police and the Army ultimately led him to surrender,” the chief minister said.

Sangma said the government will continue to work to ensure that peace prevails in the state.

“Ensuring socio-economic development will change overall situation in the long run and we will achieve permanent solution,” he said.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya director general of police Ra Chandranathan said that the state police has decided to seek custody of Rajkhowa in connection with several cases in Meghalaya.

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