In a significant blow the Paresh Barua-led faction of rebel group United Liberation Front of Asom or ULFA in Assam, one in every of its high leaders surrendered earlier than safety forces in Meghalaya on Wednesday.
Drishti Rajkhowa, 50, is the deputy-commander-in-chief of United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent). He surrendered in South West Garo Hills in Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh. For shut to 3 many years, Drishti Rajkhowa was working from ULFA hideouts in Bangladesh and was lively within the Garo Hills area of Meghalaya and in decrease Assam.
Military intelligence sources have confirmed to NDTV that they have been in contact with Drishti Rajkhowa for a while and that he had despatched feelers that he wish to give up. This got here after Bangladesh intensified operations in opposition to militant teams from the northeast.
Meghalaya Police mentioned barricades have been positioned in any respect susceptible factors on National Highway-62 on Wednesday after they acquired inputs that of Drishti Rajkowa was more likely to give up.
“At around 6 00 pm, received info that two vehicles are passing through Nongal police station suspiciously,” the police mentioned in a press release.
At round 6:30 pm, the police mentioned one in every of its groups detained two automobiles. During verification, it was discovered that Drishti Rajkowa was inside one of many automobiles.
Along with him, three others- 25-year-old Rup Jyoti Rabha, 22-year-old Babul Rabha and 27-year-old Rahul Hazarika have been detained.
They had escaped from the police at Bolbokgre in South Garo Hills and crossed over to Gaobari in Bangladesh, the police mentioned.
Thereafter, as a result of heavy operation in Bangladesh, they escaped from there and contacted Indian Army officers, earlier than surrendered in a village in South Garo Hills,” Meghalaya Police mentioned.
During the verification, the authorities discovered many arms and ammunitions of their possession, together with an AK 81 rifle and two 9 mm pistols.
Rajkhowa, whose authentic title is Manoj Rabha, is from Goalpara in Assam. He is at the moment beneath the custody of the military intelligence and is being dropped at Assam, sources mentioned.
United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) or ULFA (I) has been demanding an impartial state of Assam. The authorities had banned the outfit in 1990.
ULFA General Secretary Anup Chetia was extradited to India in November 2015 from Bangladesh. Later, he joined the peace course of. Peace talks gathered momentum with the approaching of Chetia and the talks with the pro-talks faction of ULFA is in superior levels, authorities sources mentioned.
The Independent faction of ULFA led by Paresh Barua has been opposing talks with the centre.