ULFA (I) leader Drishti Rajkhowa, who along with four other cadres, had surrendered before security forces on November 11 near Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, was brought to Assam on November 12.
The surrendered militants were being kept at the Army’s Red Horns Division headquarter at Rangiya, near Guwahati.
Addressing a press conference at Rangiya, the GOC of Red Horns Division, Major General Deepak Mehra said the surrender is a major blow to the outfit.
He congratulated the security agencies for working successfully together to bring the hard-core militants overground.
IGP (Special Branch), Assam Police, Hiren Nath, also present on the occasion, said the surrender is a major boost to the peace initiatives in the state.
The top ULFA (I) leader’s surrender was the outcome of ‘Operation Malakand’ carried out by multiple agencies of the army and police forces of Assam and Meghalaya.
Besides Drishti Rajkhowa alias Manoj Rabha, ‘Corporal’ Vedanta, Yasin Asom, Rop Jyoti Asom and Mithun Asom, also laid down arms.
Rajkhowa, a known explosive expert, was ‘Deputy Commander-in-Chief’ of United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) and was an active member of the banned outfit since last 30 years.
Since last many years, efforts were being launched by various intelligence and security agencies of Unified Command for the neutralization of Rajkhowa.