410 KLNLF cadres ‘lay down arms’, ‘surrender’ after talks with PC

Diphu, Feb 11 : Over 410 Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadres today laid down their arms at Diphu, district headquarter of Karbi Anglong, though the group refused to accept the monetary help extended by the government, maintaining that it had not ‘surrendered’.

Led by ‘commander in-charge’ Habe Tokbi, the cadres, including women members, laid down arms before Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, depositing hundreds of guns and rifles, ammunition and explosives.

Mr Gogoi, welcoming the outfit’s move, announced a special package of Rs 50 crore for development of Karbi Anglong district.

He also announced of Rs 1.5 lakh one-time help from the Central government and Rs 50,000 from the state government for the militants.

However, KLNLF leaders refused to accept the monetary assistance, maintaining that the outfit’s cadres have ‘laid down arms’ but not ‘surrendered’.

Sgt. Maj. Kave Rongpipi of KLNLF

”We have received offer for tripartite talks from the Union Home Minister and depending on the outcome of the talks, we shall decide next course of action,” a KLNLF leader said.

The outfit, with a bloody history, had terrorised the hill district, formed with the objective of forming a separate state comprising Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills.

–UNI

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