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Seven militants surrender in Assam.

Tinsukia (Assam), Sep 16 (ANI): At least seven hardcore militants, six from Arunachal Naga Liberation Front (ANLF) and one from NSCN (Khaplang) laid down their arms before the security forces here on Thursday.

The militants surrendered .22 rifle, four pistols, two revolvers and several ammunition.

Brigadier Paritosh Pant, the commander of 25-sector Assam Rifles, said that they had undertaken such operations on a regular basis and had urged the insurgent groups to denounce violence and join the mainstream.

"We organised this surrender ceremony wherein the members of NSCN (Khaplang), especially the militants who were mislead, laid down the arms. Most of them are from the Changlang district (in Arunachal Pradesh)," said Brigadier Pant.

"We have encouraged them to surrender and we also tell the local people that they should not go into militancy as recruitments are going on in police, CRPF and the army. So instead of moving on the wrong path, they should take up the right path," he added.

The surrendered militants of ANLF were identified as Nanglon Khanglim, Dikap Diwin, Mungwang Ngemu, Wangseng Ngemu, Mungchan Ngemu and Chijon Techi, while the sole member of the NSCN was Lungthang Jugli.

Nanglon Khanglim, a surrendered militant said, they took the decision to surrender as the senior leaders never helped them in times of need.

"We used be very distressed there. We all boys went there (militant outfit) in 2001 and we took training there. We are seniors there but if we used to be troubled. We never got any help from them (senior leaders in militant outfits)," he said.

According to the security officials, over 50 militants have surrendered in the past four months with the help of sustained operations that were undertaken by the army and other paramilitary troopers against militants groups in the northeast region.

The officials are offering post-surrender rehabilitation to lure more and more youngsters to give up militancy. (ANI)

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