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File photo of a surrender ceremony in Assam.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said at least 3,439 militants, belonging to different outfits, including ULFA(I), have surrendered in Assam in the last 5 years since 2016.

Chief minister Sarma, who is holding the home portfolio, in reply to a question in the Assam Assembly on Monday, said the government has been in talks with 11 militant outfits including the ULFA (Pro-talk faction).

Sarma informed the House that a total of 1,306 arms, 20,722 different ammunition, 89 bombs, 599 grenades and 121.72 kg of explosives have been seized till July 6, 2021.

He informed that till July 6, 2021, a total of 748 arms and 19,299 ammunition were deposited by the surrendered militants.

The Assam government under the central government’s Surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the Northeast militant groups has taken special initiatives to rehabilitate the militants who surrendered to the government giving up the path of violence.

The chief minister said skill development training is being provided to 1,800 surrendered militants, the chief minister informed.

Out of the 1,800 surrendered militants, 1,192 have been provided Rs 1 lakh to take up some livelihood projects, the chief minister said.

The 11 militant groups, with whom the government is in talks, are ULFA (Pro-talk), Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA), United Kukigam Defence Army (UKDA), Hmar People’s Convention- Democratic (HPC-D), Adivasi People’s Army (APA) and the All Adivashi National Liberation Army (AANLA).

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